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Libyan forces seek to encircle I.S.-held Sirte

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>> Rooting out to Islamic State in Libya. The next target, forces loyal to the UN backed unity government encircling the coastal City of Sirte in IS stronghold. Fighters that control key oil terminals in the area said it have already captured a coastal town to the East from the militants.
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The petroleum facilities guard say fighting is now raging for control of a nearby town. Reuters Libya correspondent, Aiden Lewis is covering the story.>> We're on the coastal road to the West of the City of Sirte, Islamic State stronghold in Libya. We're about 50 kilometers away now and this is territory that was held by Islamic State fighters until a couple of days ago.
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They have pushed towards Misurata at the beginning of May and then brigades allied to the new unity government in Libya have pushed them back almost to the outskirts of Sirte. That's the furthest they've advanced for almost a year now.>> Forces are advancing along the road West of the city.
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They say the next step will be to encircle it and ask the residents to leave. Militants seize control of Sirte last year, taking advantage of a security vacuum in the country and extending their presence along about 250 kilometers of coastline either side of the city. Western states are pinning their hopes on the new unity government to bring together the various armed factions to fight Islamic State.