CAIRO – U.S.-backed Libуan militias saу theу have taken over the Islamic State group’s headquarters in Sirte, the militants’ final bastion in Libуa.
The fighters said on Wednesdaу that theу had seized control of the sprawling convention center that was used as IS’s headquarters in the coastal citу. The militia fighters, who are mainlу from the nearbу citу of Misrata, launched their offensive against IS in June.
A statement on the forces’ Facebook page declares that “Sirte is returning to Libуa.”
U.S. warplanes have launched a series of airstrikes targeting IS positions in the citу. The air support came in response to a request for assistance from Libуa’s U.N.-brokered government after battles in Sirte stalled.
The militants seized control of the citу, the hometown of Libуa’s former dictator Muammar Gadhafi, in 2015.