(Washington Times) From the second floor of a school, Abdallah Karim, 20, gazes at downtown Sirte, at buildings blown apart, streets littered with broken glass and rubble — his hometown reduced to a field of ruins.
Still, he says, he enjoys the view.
"I really don’t care about the destruction of my city. Look, over there, my house was there," said Mr. Karim, a fighter from the Defense Misrata brigade, pointing to a destroyed building through the large window. "I don’t care. I just want the Islamic State men to be dead."
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The last holdouts of the jihadi group are clinging to a square half-mile area of this strategic coastal city, the Islamic State group’s "capital" in Libya and once its most formidable outpost outside of its base in Syria and Iraq. Misrata fighters, part of the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord Forces, continue to make advances against the surrounded group.