Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government are seen during clashes with ISIS extremists on the western outskirts of Sirte on June 2, 2016. AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA
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Libyan forces loyal to a U.N.-brokered government have advanced deep inside the coastal city of Sirte, the main stronghold of the ISIS group's local affiliate, officials said Wednesday.Brig. Gen. Mohammed al-Ghasri told The Associated Press that forces have seized a key bridge inside the city where the extremists used to hang the bodies of their enemies, and are only five kilometers (three miles) from the city center and Zafrana square, where IS killed prisoners convicted by its self-styled Islamic courts. The official said the Libyan forces are now closing in on the IS group's headquarters in the Ouagadougou convention center, one of the city's main landmarks.
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