Islamic State Terrorist Group Losing its Safe Haven in Sirte Libya

Pentagon has noted that the Islamic State terrorists are losing grip on their final piece of turf inside Libyan city of Sirte.

According to Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis briefing the media, he announced that Islamic States losing war and that the final fighters who were hold inside an occupied block have surrendered.

He noted that Libyan ground forces and bomb experts are clearing the block, looking and defusing the improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

“At this point, we don’t know of any other areas where ISIL [Islamic State] is hiding out,” Davis explained.

“We certainly are going to stand ready to continue to support the Government of National Accord-aligned forces as they do this back-clearing, but at this point, ISIL’s not in control of any territory.”

Davis further added that Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s (ISIL Emir) enterprise intended to use Sirte as “hub” for their North African operations but now it has fallen.

The loss of Sirte is a significant blow to the Islamic State’s caliphate claim. ISIL emir — Baghdadi and his lieutenants considered the North African city to be strategic holding outside of Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria, the two de facto capitals of the jihadist state.

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- Shmuel Yosef Agnon is a Senior Writer and Editor at the Strategic Intelligence Service. Specialize in writing intelligence reports, geopolitics, military intelligence and crime reports analysis. Agnon holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass media and journalism and a master's degree in international media relations from Winchester, University, England.

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