The Islamic State appears to be launching an offensive of its own to the west and the south before an attack is launched against it.
|Attacks on Thursday between their stronghold Sirte and the city of Misrata are said to have killed five people. The group also claimed to have taken control of several villages in the area as well after it had attacked several checkpoints. One tweet says:|
#IS claims to have seized 6 villages on coast & inland btwn #Sirte & #Misrata: Baghla, Bunjaim, Zamzam, Washka, Buirat al-Hassaun & Bugrain