Forces loyal to GNA are preparing for a final assault on the Islamic State in Sirte
The Solid Structure operations forces loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord have made further gains and are preparing for a final assault on the remaining fighters of the Islamic State surrounded in the center of Sirte.
|The Solid Structure forces, mostly militia from Misrata have managed to seize the IS radio station that broadcast IS propaganda. The radio station broadcast speeches by the IS head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. They have also gained control of a mosque. The media center for Solid Structure said that 18 of their forces had been killed in fighting on Tuesday and dozens of IS fighters were killed. Part of Sirte is the only territory that IS now controls in Libya. The offensive against IS was launched last month and ended up surrounding the remaining IS fighters in Sirte. However, they have had to consolidate their positions and fend off suicide attacks and snipers on buildings. The new offensive also gained control of the Electricity Company, Baher neighborhood and many parts of 700 neighborhood.|
"Despite apparent calm along the fronts, our intelligence network is in full swing in preparation for the decisive battle.(ISIS fighters) are besieged in a small area of Sirte and although they have sought to break out our forces have repelled all attempts.."