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Pentagon: Islamic State down to 350 fighters in Sirte, Libya | Stripes

Pentagon: Islamic State down to 350 fighters in Sirte, Libya | Stripes

Only about 350 Islamic State fighters remain in the all-but-abandoned Libyan coastal city of Sirte as the United States finished its eighth day of airstrikes there, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday.

The United States, as part of Operation Odyssey Dawn, began targeting Islamic State vehicles and fighting positions Aug. 1. Since then, unmanned aircraft launching from undisclosed locations and Marine AV-8B Harrier jets taking off from the nearby USS Wasp, an amphibious assault warship, have conducted 28 strikes against the terrorist group, according to U.S. Africa Command and defense officials who spoke on the condition of not being named.

Source: Pentagon: Islamic State down to 350 fighters in Sirte, Libya – News – Stripes