Feature - The Battle for Sirte
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.