THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS: 175 AIR RAIDS ON SIRTE IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

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From 1 August to 24 September, the United States has carried out 175 air raids against Isis in Sirte, Libya, reports the “US Africa Command” on its site. On “23 September, four enemy positions were struck”, on “24 September, a petrol station,” whereas on “25 September no raids” were conducted.

According to Libya Herald, there was a sharp decline in the number of US air strikes on Isis positions, which may reflect a reduction in the number of targets to hit. The same is true for the number of the clashes on the ground between the al Binyan al Marsous and the Islamic state. In the last 24 hours, 4 militiamen were killed and 4 were injured, and two Isis terrorists were slain.

The official death toll among the militiamen – continues the portal – is close to 600 people. Despite being surrounded in the third district of the city, in an area of about one square kilometer, the jihadists do not seem to be running out of ammunition and explosives.

Libya has been the new stronghold of international jihadism for a long time now, following the weakening of Daesh in Iraq and Syria. According to Gilles de Kerchove, the EU coordinator for counter-terrorism, “not hundreds, but thousands of extremists” will move to the new “hotspot” of terror, and their choice is likely to be the North African country.

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