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Feature - The Battle for Sirte
Lorenzo Meloni
Lorenzo Meloni returned to Libya in July and spent weeks covering the Libyan unity government’s campaign to capture the city of Sirte from ISIS forces. The latter has put up stiff resistance and resorted to using suicide car bombs and landmines to deter the attackers, resulting in high casualties. Libyan fighters have had to methodically check every piece of captured property for traps. On August 1st, the United States confirmed that it had been supporting the battle for the city by carrying out air strikes against ISIS forces.
On December 2016, Sirte was totally liberated from ISIS presence.
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A Libyan fighter running from a landmine...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Libyan fighters carry a comrade injured...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A Libyan military jet at an airbase...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Two Libyan fighters taking cover from...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A Libyan spotter identifying IS positions...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A view of the westernmost frontline...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Libyan fighters advancing through a...
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LIBYA. Sirte. September 2016. Central Operation room of IS.
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Hair cuttings and beard trimmings from...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Fighters from southern Libya observing...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A Libyan fighter washes before prayers...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. The bloodstains from an explosion of...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Libyan fighters spotting IS positions...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A Fighter from southern Libya observing...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. IS graffiti scrawled on the walls of...
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LIBYA. Sirte. September 2016. ouagadougou center
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A Libyan sniper firing on IS positions...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Fighters on the frontline near the Ibn...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Libyan fighters take a break in a newly-captured...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Libyan fighters advancing through sniper...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A tank firing on IS positions in the...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Libyan fighters try to ascertain IS...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A Libyan sniper Hay Dollar district
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Libyan fighters unearthing an IS mass...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A group of fighters and a sheikh after...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A paramedic and Commander Hamid Issa...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016.
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Libyan fighters loading a tank with...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A Tuareg fighter with an RPG on the...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A Libyan sniper and his spotter in the...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A Libyan sniper in Sirte’s Hay Dollar...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Libyan fighters spotting IS positions...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Volunteers carry the body of a slain...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. On the frontline to liberate Sirte’s...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. On the frontline to liberate Sirte’s...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A Libyan fighter prepares a multiple...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Two Libyan civilian volunteers fighting...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. On the frontline to liberate Sirte’s...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A Libyan fighter targeting IS positions...
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LIBYA. Sirte. September 2016. A unit of minesweepers at work
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Libyan fighters on the frontline of...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A fighter stakes out IS positions from...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. Before going to battle, a Libyan fighter...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. The aftermath of an IS car-bomb attack...
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LIBYA. Abu Grain. July 2016. The aftermath of an IS car-bomb...
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LIBYA. Misurata. July 2016. Two Libyan fighters wounded on the...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. General-Brigadier Mohamed Al-Ghossri...
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LIBYA. Sirte. July 2016. A burned-out room in a premises used...
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