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US air strikes pound Libya's Sirte to oust IS militants

Libyan forces are close to ending a six-month campaign to liberate Sirte from Islamic State, which took over the city more than a year ago.

Oct 17, 2016, 22:17 PM IST

Battles in Libya's Sirte kill 34 fighters, injure over 180

At least 34 Libyan fighters were killed and more than 180 wounded on Sunday as they closed in on the last Islamic State militant holdouts in the coastal city of Sirte, according to a field hospital.

Aug 29, 2016, 08:46 AM IST

Battle for Islamic State bastion in Libya in `final phase`

Pro-government forces battled Thursday to clear the Islamic State group from its main Libyan stronghold of Sirte, after dealing a major blow to the jihadists by seizing their headquarters.

Aug 11, 2016, 17:32 PM IST

Libyan forces capture Sirte convention centre, hospital from Islamic State

Libyan forces battling to oust Islamic State (IS) from Sirte said they had made major advances on Wednesday, capturing a convention centre previously used as a base by the jihadist group, as well as the city`s university and hospital.

Aug 10, 2016, 20:26 PM IST

Libyan forces advance in Islamic State bastion as US keeps up air strikes

Libyan forces said Tuesday they were advancing inside the jihadist bastion of Sirte, as Washington conducted a second straight day of air strikes on Islamic State group positions in the city.

Aug 03, 2016, 10:54 AM IST

20 loyalist troops killed fighting IS in Libya's Sirte

Fighting was fiercest around Sirte's conference centre, which has become a command headquarters for IS at the heart of the city.

Jul 16, 2016, 01:08 AM IST

Libyan forces clash with militants in Sirte, 14 dead: Official

Islamic State militants, who exploited Libya`s security chaos to seize Sirte last year, have been fighting hard to defend territory they still control in the residential centre.

Jun 24, 2016, 22:03 PM IST

IS suicide bombings target Libya pro-govt forces in Sirte

One bomber blew up his car a few metres from a group of pro-government fighters near the Abu Hadi roundabout in the city's southeast.

Jun 12, 2016, 17:10 PM IST

Libyan forces 'retake port' in jihadist bastion Sirte

The fall of Sirte, the hometown of ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi, would be a major setback for the extremists who have also lost territory in Syria and Iraq.

Jun 11, 2016, 22:55 PM IST

Libyan forces retake port in jihadist bastion Sirte: Spokesman

Forces allied with Libya`s unity government said Saturday they had recaptured the port in the jihadist stronghold of Sirte from Islamic State group fighters who are surrounded inside the city.

Jun 11, 2016, 12:13 PM IST

'Libya pro-govt forces have entered ISIS stronghold Sirte'

Forces loyal to Libya`s unity government on Thursday entered the Islamic State group stronghold of Sirte, their spokesman said.

Jun 09, 2016, 22:38 PM IST

ISIS executes three in mob for 'blasphemy' in Libya

Harrowing images of the executions were released online by the jihadis.

Jan 22, 2016, 15:25 PM IST

IS leader al-Baghdadi 'flees' to Libya

According to a report, Baghdadi travelled to Libya amid fears the US-led coalition and Iraqi intelligence services were closing the net around him.

Dec 10, 2015, 14:23 PM IST

One of two Indians abducted in Libya flees, establishes contact

One of the two Indians, who were abducted in Sirte in war-torn Libya, has managed to flee from captivity and he has established contact with his family in Odisha and one of his friends.

Sep 17, 2015, 22:06 PM IST

US, other nations condemn `barbaric` IS acts in Libya`s Sirte

The governments of America, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain issued a joint statement on Sunday condemning "barbaric" acts carried out by the Islamic State group in Libya.

Aug 17, 2015, 13:06 PM IST

IS affiliate takes control of new area in Libya's Sirte

Witnesses and officials say Libya's Islamic State affiliate has seized control of a neighborhood in the central city of Sirte, going door to door searching for members of a rival group it has been battling for days.

Aug 15, 2015, 22:36 PM IST

IS 'beheads' 12 in battle for Libya's Sirte: Media

Islamic State group jihadists have beheaded 12 people and hung them on crosses during a battle for the coastal city of Sirte, the national news agency LANA reported on Saturday.

Aug 15, 2015, 21:11 PM IST

Indians kidnapped by Islamic State fine, says freed captive

 The two Indians still in IS captivity in Libya are fine, said Laxmikant Ramakrishna who was among the two freed and sent home.

Aug 04, 2015, 13:24 PM IST

Is India `doing business` with Islamic State in Libya? asks Congress leader Manish Tewari

A day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that two out of four Indians abducted in Sirte by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have been released, Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday questioned whether India was "doing business" with the terror outfit in Libya.

Aug 01, 2015, 11:48 AM IST

Andhra govt urges Swaraj to take steps for release of Indians abducted in Libya

Andhra Pradesh Government Friday urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to expedite steps for safe return of four Indians, including two persons from Hyderabad and Srikakulam, who were abducted in Libya.

Jul 31, 2015, 15:42 PM IST