A fighter of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government runs for cover during a battle with ISIS fighters in Sirte, Libya, July 31, 2016. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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U.S. planes bombed ISIS targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the U.N.-backed government's request to help push the militants from their former stronghold in the city of Sirte.The last acknowledged U.S. air strikes in Libya were on an ISIS training camp in the western city of Sabratha in February."GNA-aligned forces have had success in recapturing territory from ISIL (ISIS) thus far around Sirte, and additional U.S. strikes will continue to target ISIL in Sirte in order to enable the GNA to make a decisive, strategic advance," said Cook, the Pentagon spokesman.He said strikes on Monday targeted a specific tank location and two ISIS vehicles that posed a threat to GNA forces.U.S. and Libyan officials estimate that several hundred ISIS fighters remain in Sirte.
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