- Title: Libyan forces encircle Islamic State in Sirte neighbourhood
- Date: 13th October 2016
- Summary: SIRTE, LIBYA (OCTOBER 13, 2016) (REUTERS) VEHICLE WITH WEAPONS DRIVING PAST PARKED TANK LIBYAN FLAG FLYING BEHIND TANK AND GUN BARRELS VARIOUS OF FIGHTERS STANDING BY VEHICLE VARIOUS OF TWO FIGHTERS PREPARING WEAPONS ON VEHICLE FIGHTERS ENTERING HOUSE NEAR BATTLE FRONT LINE VARIOUS OF FIGHTERS CLIMBING THROUGH HOLES IN INTERIOR WALL FIGHTERS WALKING THROUGH BURNT OUT ROOM FIGHTERS LOOKING AT DAMAGED ROOM DAMAGED ROOM VARIOUS OF ARMED FIGHTERS LOOKING THROUGH HOLE IN EXTERIOR WALL, SEEN FROM OUTSIDE VARIOUS OF ARMED FIGHTERS LOOKING THROUGH HOLE IN EXTERIOR WALL, SEEN FROM INSIDE VARIOUS OF VIEW THROUGH HOLE VARIOUS OF FIGHTERS AIMING GUNS THROUGH HOLES IN WALL, SEEN FROM INSIDE VARIOUS OF FIGHTERS SHOOTING THROUGH HOLES IN WALL, SEEN FROM INSIDE FIGHTER SHOOTING THROUGH WINDOW FIGHTERS FIRING SHOTS IN STREETS VARIOUS OF STREETS CONTROLLED BY ISLAMIC STATE
- Embargoed: 28th October 2016 16:40
- Keywords: Islamic State Libya Neighbourhood Three
- Location: SIRTE, LIBYA
- City: SIRTE, LIBYA
- Country: Libya
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA00153UAP8N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government advanced further on Thursday (October 13) in the coastal city of Sirte, encircling Islamic State militants, according to military officials.
This development comes after a five-month campaign backed by U.S. air strikes.
The incursion has centred on the city's "Neighbourhood Three" district, thought to be the last holdout of the militant organisation.
Islamic State took over Sirte a year ago, exploiting the chaos and violence that have dogged Libya since the overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 in order to carve out a new base, far from its main territory in Iraq and Syria.
Losing the city would be a major blow to the group, but officials believe some of its fighters and commanders escaped before Sirte was surrounded, and may continue to wage guerrilla-style attacks even after it falls.
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