Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:58AM
Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-supported Government of National Accord (GNA) are seen during clashes with Daesh terrorists on the western outskirts of Sirte, on June 2, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-supported Government of National Accord (GNA) are seen during clashes with Daesh terrorists on the western outskirts of Sirte, on June 2, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed government have fully liberated the militant stronghold of Sirte from the Takfiri Daesh terrorists, officials say.

Sirte had been under the control of Daesh since early 2015, when the Takfiri group took advantage of the chaos in the country to bolster its presence in Libya and provide a regional base from which to launch further offensives.

But why did it take so long for Libyan forces to take back this territory — especially considering that Western countries backed the push? And could this be the start of a new dawn for Libya in the post-Gaddafi era?