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Saturday, 11 June 2016 - 13:23
Libyan forces retake port in militant bastion Sirte
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Libyan forces has recaptured the port in the militant stronghold of Sirte from Islamic State group fighters, Forces allied with Libya's unity government said.

The fall of Sirte, the hometown of ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi, would be a major setback to the extremists who have also lost territory in Syria and Iraq where they have declared an Islamic "caliphate".

The Libyan forces also retook a residential area in the east of Sirte, the main IS base in the North African country, a spokesman for the forces, Rida Issa, told AFP. The militants are now encircled in an area of around five square kilometres inside the city, he said.

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