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A day after the United States began a formal campaign of airstrikes against Daesh's stronghold in Libya, anti-Daesh fighters welcomed Washington's involvement but remained wary of advancing for fear of mines and snipers.Abdallah Ali Ibrahim Ismail, another fighter with Marsa Brigade, said the strikes could be a game-changer.Daesh has been retreating from U.S.-backed campaigns in Syria and Iraq and its presence in Sirte has been reduced to a few hundred fighters who once controlled what was Gadhafi's hometown.Monday's strikes hit close to the center and to the "Dollar" neighborhood, which fighters took full control of Saturday, said Fathi Bashagha, who liaises between the GNA and the operation's Misrata command center.Daesh took over Sirte a year ago, but forces from the western city of Misrata allied to the U.N.-backed government began a campaign to liberate it in May.Misrata forces are positioned on several fronts around the center, often only a hundred meters from militant positions. Misrata commanders believe that Daesh commanders – some of them foreign fighters sent by militant leaders in Iraq and Syria – had already fled the city before it was besieged.
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