Libyan force seizes con­trol of mi­grant smug­gling hub

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A Libyan armed group on Fri­day claimed vic­tory over Ital­ian-backed mili­tias paid to stem the flow of mi­grants to Europe from the coastal city of Sabratha, a ma­jor launch pad for the per­ilous voy­age across the Mediter­ranean.

The Anti-ISIS Op­er­a­tions Room, cre­ated last year to clear Sabratha of Is­lamic State mil­i­tants, said in a state­ment that they and their al­lies have taken con­trol of the city from the Mar­tyr Anas al-Dabashi (bet­ter known as al-Ammu’s) and Brigade 48 mili­tias.

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