Libyan unity government hits Daesh targets near Sirte in coordination with US

Published January 20th, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
Despite the apparent victory in Sirte, Libya remains deeply divided, with the national unity government based in the capital Tripoli unable to gain recognition from the elected parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk. (AFP/File)
Despite the apparent victory in Sirte, Libya remains deeply divided, with the national unity government based in the capital Tripoli unable to gain recognition from the elected parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk. (AFP/File)

Libya’s presidential council -- which operates under the auspices of the country’s UN-backed unity government -- launched airstrikes against several Daesh targets on Thursday after coordinating the strikes with the US military.

"After coordinating with AFRICOM [the US military command for Africa], airstrikes were carried out Thursday morning that struck Daesh concentrations in desert areas near the city of Sirte," the presidential council said Thursday on Facebook.

The strikes, it added, "were carried out within the context of the council’s strategy for countering terrorism, especially the ‘State’ organization [Daesh]".

The presidential council, it added, "is continuing to track remaining Daesh elements."

One month ago, the council announced the total "liberation" of Sirte, which had been held by Daesh militants for almost two years.

The city was eventually retaken by unity government-affiliated Al-Bunian al-Marsus forces, with the support of the US military.

The US announced earlier that it had concluded its operations in Sirte last December.


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