By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 16 May 2016:
Misratan forces say that they have retaken the key Abu Grain position from IS after . . .[restrict]heavy fighting today.
Misratan militias are now operating as part of the Presidency Council’s new Joint Operations room. Its spokesman, Mohamed Al-Ghasri, said that they had pushed the terrorists back from the important crossroads. This restores the road link to Misratan positions to the south. Abu Grain, less than 100 kilometres from Misrata, was seized by IS last month in a mass attack which caught the defenders by surprise.
At one point in the fighting today IS appear to have tried to drive a truck bomb at Misratan fighters but it was shot at and destroyed before it could reach its target. It is reported that the terrorists set up a series of booby traps before they withdrew which have delayed the advance of the militiamen.
Aircraft from Misrata also bombed positions to the west of Sirte, the IS stronghold. There are no details of casualties. [/restrict]