>> Gaining ground in an Islamic State Stronghold,
byan forces on Wednesday, pushing through enemy lines, seeking to clear IS from Sirte. Reuters Aidan Lewis is in the coastal town, where the UN backed government is benefiting from international help.>> Libyan forces have been fighting for almost three months now to force Islamic State out of the city of Sirte.
Islamic State are encircled in the center of Sirte, they've been reduced to a few hundred fighters, but the advance against them has slowed considerably in the last few weeks. The front lines have been quite static because the Libyan forces have struggled to advance in the face of sniper fire and land mines.
Now the casualties on the Libyan forces side have been high, and last week they decided to ask for support from US air strikes. Those strikes started on the 1st of August, and the Libyan commanders here hope that they can be a game changer, opening the way for the forces here to advance further and end the battle.
Losing Sirte would be a huge blow for Islamic State, already under intense pressure from other US backed campaigns in both Iraq and Syria.