Western Libyan forces prepare attack on Islamic State stronghold


Forces in western Libya are preparing to advance on the city of Sirte, seized by Islamic State last year, their spokesman said, pushing ahead with plans for a counter-attack after the Islamists made territorial gains in the last week.

The fighters based in the city of Misrata would like international logistical support to help retake what has become Islamic State’s most important base outside Syria and Iraq, but will not wait for it before launching the operation, they said.

“We are ready and we are preparing our security arrangements to attack Sirte,” said Brigadier General Mohamed al-Gasri, spokesman for a newly formed military operations room in Misrata.

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