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US strikes ISIS positions in Libya from air
22:28, 1 August 2016
US strikes ISIS positions in Libya from air

Operation in Sirte was first co-operation with Libyan army

22:28, 1 August 2016

Reuters

The Libyan port of Sirte became the aim of the attacks. It is the town where ISIS concentrates its force, Russian BBC service reports.

Sirte is the hometown of the deposed Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, who was considered the most important stronghold of the Islamic State outside Iraq and Syria.

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj said the militants had suffered "heavy losses".

"The Presidential Council and Commander in Chief decided to ask the United States for inflicted pinpoint strikes on ISIS positions", Sarraj said, adding that co-operation affects only Sirte and its environs.

Air strikes were the first military action of this kind, which the US spent together with the Libyan government.

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