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Door-to-door fighting in Sirte

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 01:13

Libyan forces say they've made gains in door-to-door fighting with Islamic State. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Libyan forces on the move in Sirte. They are closing in on just a few streets still held by Islamic State Backed by U.S. air strikes -- Libyan brigades have reduced the area held by the jihadists to a small patch of land near Sirte's Mediterranean sea-front. Fighters hope that the end of the six month fight is near. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LIBYAN FIGHTER, HASSAN KARA, SAYING: "Thank God today we advanced on two streets and there's only a little bit left. Within the coming two days, God willing, we will announce the liberation of Sirte and celebrate, and God willing, Islamic State will be finished." It's a door-to-door fight. Several groups of civilians have either escaped or been released in Sirte in recent weeks -- including migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who were captured by Islamic State as they tried to make their way towards Europe. Earlier this week Libyan forces said they had counted the bodies of several dozen slain Islamic State fighters. But it is still not clear how many militants or civilians remain.

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Door-to-door fighting in Sirte

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 01:13