Fighters from the pro-government forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Unity (GNA) walk on August 3, 2016 in Sirte during an operation against jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group. AFP / STR AND MAHMUD TURKIA
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The United States has opened a new front in its campaign against Daesh (ISIS), launching airstrikes to support Libyan forces battling to oust the militants from Sirte.The forces battling Daesh in Sirte, halfway along Libya's coastline, are allied with the country's U.N.-backed Government of National Accord.Forces allied with a rival government in Libya's far east, which does not recognize the GNA's legitimacy, are not taking part in the Sirte operation.helping GNA forces?After a month of advances against Daesh in the surrounding desert, GNA forces entered Sirte on June 9 .pro-GNA militias, the only forces directly fighting Daesh in its Libyan "emirate," was a natural move for Washington, said Mattia Toaldo, a Libya expert with the European Council on Foreign Relations.There are also political reasons for Misrata forces to seek American support.The eastern government Wednesday condemned the American strikes.A U.S. spokesman said the strikes would last weeks rather than months.
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