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May 18, 2016 | 20:26 GMT

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Libya: Government Forces Push Back Islamic State

Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord retook the Libyan town of Abu Grain and two small villages nearby from the Islamic State on May 18, pushing the group back toward its stronghold of Sirte, a Libyan military spokesman said, Reuters reported. Islamic State militants had held Abu Grain and several neighboring villages since May 5. The Islamic State has controlled the coastal city of Sirte, its main base in Libya, since mid-2015. A May 18 report released by Human Rights Watch quoted a military intelligence officer in Misrata who said there are 1,800 Islamic State fighters in Sirte. 

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