U.S. Special Operations Troops Aiding Libyan Forces in Major Battle Against Islamic State
The Washington Post reports that US forces aided by British troops are providing support to Libyan units in their effort to remove ISIS from the coastal city of Sirte.
The new American operation in Sirte is the culmination of an extended, low-visibility mission in Libya by U.S. special operators, who established small outposts in recent months as part of an effort to build ties with friendly forces and increase American understanding of the complexities of political and militia factions.
The insertion of U.S. personnel closer to an intense battle, where the risks are much greater, highlights the importance of the Sirte operation. In addition to crippling a group believed to be linked to violence outside Libya, U.S. officials hope a victory in Sirte would bolster the standing of the disputed unity government.
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