This file photo taken on Jan. 8, 2016 shows smoke billowing from a petroleum storage tank after a fire was extinguished at Es-Sidra oil terminal, near Ras Lanouf, in the so-called "oil crescent" along Libya's northern coast. / AFP / STRINGER
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It came a day after forces led by brigades from the western city of Misrata completed a seven-month battle to oust Daesh (ISIS) militants from their former North African stronghold in Sirte, the hometown of late dictator Moammar Gadhafi and less than 200 km northwest of the oil ports.One eastern security official said the groups that advanced toward the ports in Libya's Oil Crescent were linked to the Benghazi Defense Brigades that tried this year to launch a counterattack against the LNA.In September his forces seized control of four Oil Crescent ports from a rival faction, allowing the NOC to end blockades at three of the ports and double national oil production to about 600,000 barrels per day (bpd).
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