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Sirte, Libya - PM: U.S. Warplanes Launch Bombing Campaign On Islamic State In Libya

Published on: August 1, 2016 12:59 PM
By: Reuters 
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Sirte, Libya - U.S. planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the U.N.-backed government’s request to help push the militants from their former stronghold in the city of Sirte.

“The first air strikes were carried out at specific locations in Sirte today causing severe losses to enemy ranks,” Prime Minster Fayez Seraj said on state TV.

Forces allied with Seraj have been battling Islamic State in Sirte - the home town of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi - since May.

The group seized the Mediterranean coastal city last year, making it its most important base outside Syria and Iraq, but its militants are now besieged in a few square kilometres of the centre where they hold strategic sites including the Ouagadougou conference hall, the central hospital and the university.

The last acknowledged U.S. air strikes in Libya were on an Islamic State training camp in the western city of Sabratha in February.

Seraj said the Presidential Council of his Government of National Accord (GNA), had decided to “activate” its participation in the international coalition against Islamic State and “request the United States to carry out targeted air strikes on Daesh (Islamic State).”

“I want to assure you that these operations are limited to a specific timetable and do not exceed Sirte and its suburbs,” he said, adding that international support on the ground would be limited to technical and logistical help.

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U.S. President Barack Obama authorised the air strikes, the White House said.

“GNA-aligned forces have had success in recapturing territory from ISIL (Islamic State) thus far around Sirte, and additional U.S. strikes will continue to target ISIL in Sirte in order to enable the GNA to make a decisive, strategic advance,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.

Brigades mainly composed of militia from the western city of Misrata advanced on Sirte in May, but their progress was slowed in recent weeks by snipers, mines and booby-traps.

Those forces have complained that assistance from the government in Tripoli and external powers was slow to materialise. At least 350 of their fighters have been killed and more than 1,500 wounded in the campaign.

Libyan fighter jets have frequently bombed Sirte, but they lack the weapons and technology to make precision strikes.



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 Aug 01, 2016 at 01:39 PM Trumpforprez Says:

Thank you Hilary for getting us into this mess. Your hawkish policies and naive ideaology that "peaceful moderate rebels exist and are capable of governing are to blame for this. Your's and Bush's middle east policies were a failure. For the record Obama was reluctant to move forward with the Hilary/Mccain plan. I give the man credit for that.

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 04:06 PM yonasonw Says:

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Trumpforprez Says:

Thank you Hilary for getting us into this mess. Your hawkish policies and naive ideaology that "peaceful moderate rebels exist and are capable of governing are to blame for this. Your's and Bush's middle east policies were a failure. For the record Obama was reluctant to move forward with the Hilary/Mccain plan. I give the man credit for that.

In addition to be educated and working in finance for "intelligent goyim," I suppose you have military credentials as well? And Clinton is a Hawk? Really! Maybe compared to Sanders. Man, you certainly do shoot wildly from the hip...just like your like deiner Leader.

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 05:10 PM lipa21 Says:

Obama is trying to out of the white house with a "BANG"

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 05:45 PM Trumpforprez Says:

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yonasonw Says:

In addition to be educated and working in finance for "intelligent goyim," I suppose you have military credentials as well? And Clinton is a Hawk? Really! Maybe compared to Sanders. Man, you certainly do shoot wildly from the hip...just like your like deiner Leader.

since you doubt my finiance carrer, why don't you challange me to some financial questions, and you will see that I can answer them? Or perhaps you are not as educated as you claim either?
Leave aside the Iraq war, who decided to go into Lybia? Obama or Hiliary? Who decided to oust Mubarak? Who decided t get entangled in Syria? Hiliary or Obama?
The facts are Hiliary is a hawk and is pro war comaperd to Obama. This is not wild at all. These are facts. And had Rubio been the candidate I would consider him just as much of a hawk. Its not exclusive to Hiliary where I lay the blame. And it actually started in ernst under Bush with his silly Iraq invasion and then his silly notion that Israel should allow the Palestinians in Gaza to have free elections and vote in Gaza. Bush naively believed that if you offer citizens democracy they will embrace it. Hilary has continued on that treacherous path as well. These are facts not opinions.

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 Aug 01, 2016 at 11:08 PM jack-l Says:

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Trumpforprez Says:

since you doubt my finiance carrer, why don't you challange me to some financial questions, and you will see that I can answer them? Or perhaps you are not as educated as you claim either?
Leave aside the Iraq war, who decided to go into Lybia? Obama or Hiliary? Who decided to oust Mubarak? Who decided t get entangled in Syria? Hiliary or Obama?
The facts are Hiliary is a hawk and is pro war comaperd to Obama. This is not wild at all. These are facts. And had Rubio been the candidate I would consider him just as much of a hawk. Its not exclusive to Hiliary where I lay the blame. And it actually started in ernst under Bush with his silly Iraq invasion and then his silly notion that Israel should allow the Palestinians in Gaza to have free elections and vote in Gaza. Bush naively believed that if you offer citizens democracy they will embrace it. Hilary has continued on that treacherous path as well. These are facts not opinions.

i think u might be mistaken. I believe it was the Israelis that convinced GWB to let hamas run in the election.

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