IS kills eight in Benghazi as US ends operations
The bomber hit forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar in Ganfouda, one of the last areas held by IS in the east of Libya.
“The fighting in Ganfouda is in its last stage, and terrorist group leaders are besieged inside,” said Ahmed al-Mosmari, a spokesperson for the army.
US operations were mostly concentrated on the town of Sirte, which was recently captured from IS by government troops, who installed a military governor last week.
“The United States Africa Command [AFRICOM] concluded Operation Odyssey Lightning December 19 following an announcement from the Libyan government of the end of offensive military operations in Sirte,” AFRICOM said in a statement.
A US spokesperson confirmed that forces would continue to support the Libyan government’s fight against IS.
Fayez al-Sarraj, leader of the Libyan Government of National Accord, told reporters on Sunday that IS had been defeated in Sirte.
US forces carried out a total of 495 strikes on IS positions in Sirte between June and December as army forces, led by the new governor of Sirte, fought to retake the city from IS.