Libyan forces brace for street battles against IS in Sirte

June 12, 2016 8:11 AM

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BENGHAZI, Libya – A spokesman for militias loyal to Libya's U.N.-brokered government say Islamic State militants have barricaded themselves in the center of their stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte, hoping to draw their attackers into a protracted street battle.

Brig-Gen. Mohammed al-Ghasri said Sunday the militants have barricaded themselves in a densely built-up area and their snipers have taken positions on rooftops waiting for the militias to advance. He says that IS suicide bombers are likely to target the militias if they close in on the area.

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