On Wednesday, troops loyal to the new Tripoli-based unity government managed to push ISIS back from several towns west of Sirte, the Islamic State capital in Libya.
According to military spokesman Mohamed al-Gasri, Libyan forces took control of the town of Abu Grain along with several nearby villages.
ISIS otherwise overran this area on the 5th of May in a major offensive which looked to capture Misrata, Libya’s 3rd largest city.
With ISIS forces on the retreat, their fighters are meanwhile squeezed in a region between the Tripoli-based government and the Tobruk-based government, two factions both claiming to be sworn enemies of the terror group.
However, the Islamic State still controls a 100km buffer zone around the port city of Sirte while some 6,000 fighters are reportedly fighting for ISIS in Libya.