Smoke rises following an air strike as Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government gather after they captured a new area from Islamic State militants in Sirte, Libya, October 16, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny=
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U.S. aircraft hit Daesh (ISIS) targets with more than 30 strikes over the last three days on the Libyan city of Sirte as pro-government forces push into its last militant-held districts, the U.S. military said Monday.Libyan forces are close to ending a 6-month-old campaign to liberate Sirte from Daesh, which took over the city more than a year after taking advantage of factional infighting that emerged after the fall of strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 .Daesh steadily imposed control on Sirte a year ago, and used the city as a base to launch attacks on oilfields and ports as well as to target checkpoints in nearby Misrata.The Misrata forces leading the Sirte campaign back a U.N.-supported Government of National Accord in Tripoli that is trying to bring the rival factions together.
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