Soldiers from forces aligned with Libya's new unity government are seen resting on the road during an advance on the ISIS stronghold of Sirte, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
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Libya's unity government forces fought their way into ISIS's stronghold of Sirte Thursday in a land, air and sea operation to recapture the city, a spokesman said.On Wednesday, the unity government said its forces had captured two military barracks from the extremists near Sirte, which ISIS has held since 2014 .Foreign intelligence services estimate ISIS has 5,000 fighters in Libya but its strength inside Sirte and the number of civilians living in the city are unavailable.GNA forces are mostly made up of militias from western cities which have sided with the unity government of prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj and the guards of oil installations which the ISIS has repeatedly tried to seize. Mattia Toaldo, another Libya expert, said forces of the rival authorities led by controversial General Khalifa Haftar were still "very far from Sirte".
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