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John Kerry & Boris Johnson Host Meeting to Formulate ‘Economic Roadmap’ for Libya

ISIS IN ACTION The al-Bunyan al-Marsus spokesperson said last week that the last ISIS-held stronghold in Sirte (al-Jiza al-Bahriya) in which ISIS and BM forces are now fighting, is less than one square kilometre in area. On 31 October, BM forces made further advances into this area. BM forces are also undertaking significant mine clearance missions […]

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US Has Launched Nearly 350 Strikes Against IS in Libya Since August 1st

ISIS IN ACTION Last week, BM forces in Sirte made further advances into ISIS-held areas. On 21 October, Rida Issa, a spokesman for the BM forces said “the forces have completely recaptured the 600 block area in Sirte from gangs of Daesh, and now the Ghiza Bahriya area is the last pocket of resistance.” On 20 […]

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Libyans Miss Gaddafi as They Mark 5 Years Since His Killing

(teleSUR) Libya – During Gaddafi’s rule the country had free education and health care and the government spent billions of dollars from oil revenues on social programs. Five years after an uprising killed Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, residents in the capital spoke about how they have grown to miss the longtime strongman as the frustrations of daily […]

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Last Weekend in Libya: Opposition Attempts Coup; US Conducts 36 Airstrikes

ISIS IN ACTION On 14 October, BM forces stormed the ‘Campo’ area between the First and Third Residential Districts.  ISIS have been using this area to flank BM fighters as they attempt to surround ISIS’ enclave in the Third Residential District. 14 BM fighters died and 35 were injured before BM forces managed to take […]

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France Playing Both Sides of the Political Divide in Libya

ISIS IN ACTION On 7 October, the Misratan-led Bunyan al-Marsus (BM) forces fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) in Sirte launched a fresh assault against the Third Residential area (which includes the Hay al-Gizah and 600 Flats areas), the redoubt of the remaining ISIS fighters. BM forces succeeded in splitting the enclave, and have reportedly moved […]

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US AFRICOM Has Carried Out 169 Airstrikes in Libya Since August 1st.

ISIS IN ACTION In Sirte, ISIS forces are still confined within the coastal residential districts of Hay Al-Gizah and 600 Flats, a small enclave of two to three square kilometres in the east of the city. ISIS fighters have heavily barricaded this area with sand blockades and trenches. On 22 September, intense clashes took place […]

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Libyans Angered by Western Interference in Political Affairs

ISIS IN ACTION On 18 September, the GNA’s Misratan-led Bunyan Marsous (BM) forces resumed their ‘final’ push to destroy remaining pockets of ISIS fighters in Sirte after a two-week break. Two ISIS SVBIED’s were destroyed before they could reach their targets, while artillery targeted the coastal 3rd district where ISIS fighters are holding out.  Local […]

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US and EU Continue to Condemn the Libyan National Army’s Actions

ISIS IN ACTION In Sirte last week, the Misratan-led Bunyan al-Marsus (BM) forces started a slow advance on the ‘Hay al-Jiza al-Bahriya’ area, and the ‘600 flats’ residential area. They came under sustained fire from Islamic State (ISIS) snipers positioned on the roofs of the flats, as well as being targeted by several suicide bombers […]

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EU to Start Training Libyan Forces to Combat Arms Trafficking

ISIS IN ACTION In Sirte, the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Misratan-led Al-Bunyan Al-Marsus (BM) forces continued to make more gains against Islamic State (ISIS). On 30 August they fully took control of the ‘first’ residential area, and on 2 September they moved against the last remaining ‘third’ residential area. On 31 August PM Fayez […]

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Libya Update: Fighting Continues to Push ISIS out of Sirte

ISIS IN ACTION In Sirte, fighting halted last week but resumed fiercely on 27 August. The break in the fighting was reportedly to allow wives and children of ISIS fighters to exit the conflict zone towards the southwest, though there is no evidence confirming this actually took place. It is likely that key ISIS commanders […]