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Libya IS Hostages
Misrata
By Taha Zag
24 Oct 2016

Pro-Government forces in Sirte liberated a number of women and their children from Islamic State captivity, the women abductees were treated as sex slaves by IS militants and were brutally captured, abused, and raped.

The women are of African nationalities, three from Nigeria and the other 11 from Eritrea.

After freeing the women, the pro-government forces brought them back to Misrata city and were handed over to the Libyan military intelligence and were kept in a safe house in the outskirts of Misrata city.

These women have been staying with their husbands who work and live in the city.

One Nigerian woman spoke about how terrified they were after receiving information about the IS militants entering Sirte where they live.

The woman talked about the moment the IS militants came to her house, they took her husband away , she was pregnant at the time shortly after that, IS militants took her and all other women to another place, these women have been beaten, abused, raped and treated as sex slaves ever since.

The IS militants told those poor women to forget about their husbands, and told them that they are to be shared with other men, or face death if refused to do so.

This miserable life had been going on with no hope of escape or any sign of relief for months, until the day they heard the Libyan forces outside their prison telling them that they are coming for their rescue after taking their prisoners down.

After going through all these devastating times, now these women are in a safe house in the outskirts of Misrata.

The Libyan forces were able to free 24 foreign captives in the 600 Buildings area in the last few days.

Libyan forces are now battling for control of the Giza neighborhood, which would pave the way for the control of the coastal district of and the declaration of victory over IS in Sirte.

The pro-government forces are fighting on two fronts - the southern axis and the eastern axis - but they have now managed to surround IS militants, who are occupying a gradually shrinking residential area of the town.

Sirte has seen intense fighting in the last few months between government forces and IS group fighters, who gained a foothold in the country following the power struggle and security vacuum left in the wake of the downfall of Moammar Gadhafi's regime in 2011.

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Al-Qaryatain
By Natalia Sancha
04 Apr 2016

Photos show Syrian government forces and allied militias, like the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), in the recaptured town of al-Qaryatain on April 4, 2016 following clashes with Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. The town, which lies in central Syria and close to the city of Homs, was under ISIS control for eight months.

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Al-Qaryatain
By Natalia Sancha
04 Apr 2016

Oum Ali secures the center of Al-Qaryatain fighting with a group from the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP). The Syrian Army and its allied militias recaptured the village from ISIS on April 3, 2016 following three months of fighting.

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Al-Qaryatain
By Natalia Sancha
04 Apr 2016

A private house in Al-Qaryatain damaged by the fighting between Islamic State fighters and Syrian government forces. The Syrian Army and its allied militias recaptured the village from ISIS on April 3, 2016 following three months of fighting.

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Al-Qaryatain
By Natalia Sancha
04 Apr 2016

Syrian soldiers walk through al-Qaryatain village as they pass by a wall with graffiti written in Arabic that can be read: "€œThe Islamic State, Lasting and Expanding"€. The Syrian Army and its allied militias recaptured the village from ISIS on last Sunday night, April 3, 2016 following three months of fighting.

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Al-Qaryatain
By Natalia Sancha
04 Apr 2016

Two Syrian soldiers rest in the village of al-Qaryatain after three months of fighting with Islamic State fighters. Inhabitants have fled and the houses have suffered serious damage during the combats. The Syrian Army finally recaptured the village on April 3, 2016 after a two-day offensive in coordination with allied militias.

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Al-Qaryatain
By Natalia Sancha
04 Apr 2016

A soldier awaits with his unit to enter al-Qaryatain following the recapture of the town by the Syrian Army. The village was under Islamic State control for eight months, which ended on April 3, 2016 after government forces launched a two-day offensive in coordination with allied militias.

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Al-Qaryatain
By Natalia Sancha
04 Apr 2016

Syrian soldiers burn an Islamic States flag found at al-Qaryatain village. The Syrian Army and its allied militias recaptured the village from ISIS on April 3, 2016 following three months of fighting.

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Al-Qaryatain
By Natalia Sancha
04 Apr 2016

A group of Syrian soldiers rest after two days of fighting against Islamic State militants in al-Qaryatain. The Syrian Army and its allied militias recaptured the village from ISIS on last Sunday night, April 3, 2016 following three months of fighting.

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Al-Qaryatain
By Natalia Sancha
04 Apr 2016

Syrian soldiers observe the destruction in a building in al-Qaryatain. The Syrian Army and its allied militias recaptured the village from ISIS on April 3, 2016 following three months of fighting.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
02 Apr 2016

Najla A., a displaced from Tadmur/Palmyra and mother of seven at her temporary refuge in Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs. They fled Palmyra in June 2016 when her sister was executed by ISIS after refusing to comply with the Califate's rules. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016 after three weeks of violent clashes.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
02 Apr 2016

Najla A., a displaced from Tadmur/Palmyra and mother of seven at her temporary refuge in Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs. They fled Palmyra in June 2016 when her sister was executed by ISIS after refusing to comply with the Califate's rules. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th after three weeks of violent clashes.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Army soldiers recovered the ancient ruins and city of Palmyra from Islamic State (ISIS) fighters on March 27th, 2016 following three weeks of violent clashes. Government forces proceeded to fortify their presence in the city and its famous ruins after Russian sappers cleared the area with landmines planted by ISIS.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

View over Palmyra's ruins and the Castle on April 1st, 2016. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Soldiers from the Syrian Army take pictures with their mobiles inside Palmyra's ruins. Government forces recovered Palmira from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

View of Palmyra's ruins from Palmyra's inhabited city. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

View over Palmyra's ruins from Palmyra's inhabited city main entrance road. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Army's soldiers camping in the surroundings of PalmyraÕs castle and main point of entry during the offensive to recover the area. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

View over Palmira's ruins and city from Najm Castle where the Syrian Army is positioned. Government troops recovered Palmira from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Army soldier overlooks Palmyra ruins from the top of the hill where Najm Castle lies. Government troops recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

View over Palmyra's archeological site. Behind the ruins lies the inhabited city covered by smoke columns marking the places where Russian sappers detonated thousands of mines planted by ISIS fighters. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Army soldier Fady Khalil, 25 years old, from Homs (first to the right), poses with his companions over the remains of the Temple of Bel. The 2,000 year-old temple was destroyed last August by ISIS. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Arab Army soldier observes the Temple of Bel's remains. The 2,000 year-old temple was destroyed last August by ISIS. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Arab Army soldiers celebrate their recovery of Palmyra from ISIS fighters. They pose for photos over the Temple of Bel remains.The 2,000 year-old temple was destroyed last August by ISIS. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Arab Army soldiers at the Temple of Bel entrance .The 2,000 year-old temple was destroyed last August by ISIS. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Arab Army soldier poses at Palmyra site with a Syrian flag attached to his backpack. Its castle can be seen in the background. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Army soldier poses at Palmyra site. Its castle can be seen on the top of the hill in the background. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A sign indicates the Temple of Bel entrance. The 2,000 year-old temple was destroyed last August by ISIS along with the Arc of Triumph as well as the Bal Shamin Temple. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Army soldiers celebrate the recovery of Palmyra from ISIS fighters. Government troops recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A group of Syrian Army soldiers celebrate the recovery of Palmyra from ISIS fighters. Government forces recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Army officer points to the main Palmyra roundabout where Khaled Asaad, a 81 year-old Syrian archaeologist and the head of antiquities for the ancient city of Palmyra, was beheaded by ISIS in August 18th, 2015. ISIS ensign remains over the fountain. A Syrian flag marks the recovery of the city by the Syrian Army on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Army officer points to the craters on the road after mines planted by ISIS in Palmyra's inhabited city were detonated by Russian sappers. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016 after three weeks of violent clashes.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A traffic sign was damaged by combats between the Syrian Army and ISIS. Behind it, PalmyraÕs castle can be seen as well as a column of smoke rising after Russian sappers detonated a mine planted by ISIS. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Army soldier holds an ISIS flag found at PalmyraÕs city. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016 after three weeks of violent clashes.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Palmyra's city entrance appears damaged after heavy fighting between the Syrian Army and ISIS. Government forces recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016 after three weeks of violent clashes.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Army soldier celebrates the recovery of Palmyra from ISIS fighters. Government forces recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016 after three weeks of violent clashes.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A group of Syrian Army soldiers enter Palmyra city after it was under ISIS control for the past 10 months. Russian sappers working inside the city detonated thousands of mines planted by ISIS. A mass grave was found inside the city with 40 bodies during the de-mining work. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016 after three weeks of violent clashes.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Army soldier poses inside Palmyra's ancient roman theater. The 2,000 year-old theater has survived the 10 month occupation of the site by ISIS. At least 24 civilians and 70 soldiers where publicly executed by ISIS at its stage. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016 after three weeks of violent clashes.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

View over Palmyra ruins and the castle. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016 after three weeks of violent clashes.

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Benghazi
By TTM albattat
26 Feb 2016

VIDEO PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT OF LIBYA

The Deputy Prime Minister of the temporary government of Libya Abdel Salam Badri, Congratulates General Khalifa Haftar after retaking Benghazi and Ajdabia from ISIS.

Badri said that the internationally recognized government will start work on rebuilding and repairing the areas that were destroyed in the battle against ISIS.