Libya's rival government conducts air strikes on Islamic State in Sirte: official




 
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May 28th, 2015  
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Topic: Libya's rival government conducts air strikes on Islamic State in Sirte: official


Military aircraft belonging to a rival Libyan government on Thursday attacked Islamic State positions in and around the central city of Sirte, where the radical group claimed to have seized an air base, a government official said. Islamic State has exploited the general turmoil and security vacuum in Libya to build up a presence in several cities, where two governments are vying for power four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi. The militants earlier this year seized Gaddafi's home town of Sirte, pushing to its suburbs a force loyal to a rival government in Tripoli which had expelled the official Premier Abdullah al-Thinni to the east in August.

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