A tank belonging to forces aligned with Libya's new unity government is seen on a road as they advance on Sirte, Libya June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
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Forces allied with Libya's unity government said Saturday they had recaptured the port in the extremist stronghold of Sirte from ISIS group fighters encircled inside the city.The Libyan forces also retook residential areas in the east of Sirte, which for the past year has been the main ISIS base in the North African country, a spokesman for the forces, Rida Issa, told AFP.After a month-long operation to close in on Sirte, the rapid pace of the advance by forces allied to the Government of National Accord (GNA) who entered the city Wednesday has surprised Libyan authorities.Foreign intelligence services estimate the extremist group has 5,000 fighters in Libya, but its strength inside Sirte, which ISIS has held since June 2015, is unclear.ISIS fighters tried to wrest back the port Saturday in an attack that killed two members of the GNA forces, who repelled the assault.
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