Libya forces advance against IS group in Sirte, lose 10 dead

AP , Sunday 21 Aug 2016

Libyan forces loyal to the U.N.-backed government say they have lost 10 troops in fighting with Islamic State militants in the remaining neighborhoods they occupy in the coastal city of Sirte.

In a statement, they say the Sunday fighting had also left 17 of their forces wounded, and that they had made advances in the area that left an undetermined number of casualties among IS forces.

Sirte is IS's final bastion in the country, and Libyan troops have been forcing the militants into ever-smaller bits of territory there, backed by U.S. airstrikes. IS has often struck back with suicide attacks.

Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 ouster and killing of Dictator Moammar Gadhafi, and has been split between rival parliaments and governments based in Tripoli and the country's east.

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