A sniper from forces aligned with Libya's new unity government shoots while his comrade uses binoculars to scan the area looking for an Islamic State position in the Zaafran area in Sirte, Libya June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny/File Photo
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Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government have been shelling and carrying out airstrikes on the center of Sirte city in a siege of Daesh (ISIS) militants there, an official said Tuesday. Militants defending Daesh's last stronghold in Libya have been keeping Libyan forces back with sniper fire and mortars in Sirte where they are now surrounded after a two month campaign to take the city.The bodies of around 13 Daesh fighters were found, but Misrata forces were driven back by sniper fire.While forces from the city of Misrata are fighting Daesh in Sirte, rival brigades allied to Gen. Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army are fighting to the east on another front in Benghazi and around another eastern town.
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