A number of US Special Operations troops have been deployed in Libya purportedly to help local forces fighting against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group, a report says.
According to US and Libyan officials, the US forces are providing direct, on-the-ground support to forces loyal to Libya’s unity government in a fight against Daesh, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
They are also coordinating American airstrikes and providing intelligence information in the battle for the coastal city of Sirte to against the group, the report said.
American forces are joined by British troops in the fierce fight to oust the group from the militant stronghold.
American troops were operating out of a joint operations center established on the city’s outskirts and their role was only limited to supporting pro-government forces, said US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the Pentagon has not announced the deployment publicly.
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