IS seizes control of airport in Libya’s Sirte: Tripoli govt

Members of forces loyal to Libya’s Islamist-backed parliament General National Congress prepare to launch attacks as they continue to fight Islamic State group jihadists on the outskirts of the western city of Sirte on March 16, 2015

The Islamic State jihadist group has seized control of the airport in the city of Sirte after forces of a Tripoli-based Libyan government withdrew, a spokesman said Friday.

Mohamed al-Shami, whose government is not recognised by the international community, said its forces pulled out late Thursday from the airport which had “fallen into the hands of the IS organisation”.

He said the forces had pulled out of the airport, which is also a military base called Gardabiya, to redeploy “as part of an operation to secure” areas to the east and west of Sirte.

It was the first time that IS in Libya has recorded such a military gain…

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