ISIS are still present around the nearby town of Nawfiliya, which Sunrise forces took back last week. ISIS fighters are reported to have set up a checkpoint at the entrance to Nawfiliya in recent days. ISIS also carried out a suicide bombing this week against Operation Sunrise forces at an electricity plant 15 km west of Sirte. The attack was executed shortly after Operation Sunrise planes bombed ISIS positions in the town.

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The UN Security Council unanimously voted on 28 March to extend its arms embargo on Libya although it allowed space for restrictions to be lifted on a case by case basis by calling on the Sanctions Committee to consider requests for the transfer of arms and related material to the Libyan Government for use by the official armed forces in its fight against IS and its supporters.

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There is growing evidence that militants in Benghazi are aligning themselves more definitively with ISIS. An audio file emerged on the Internet this week purporting to be a recording of the leader of Ansar Al-Sharia in Libya, who goes by the name Abu Abdullah Libbi, pledging allegiance to the group.

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