The US has ended a military operation to support Libya's fledgling government in its efforts to retake the former ISIL stronghold of Sirte. The United States in August launched Operation Odyssey Lightning to help government-aligned forces push IS from Sirte. Fayez al-Sarraj, the leader of the Libyan Government of National Accord, announced over the weekend that military operations which begun in June in the coastal city, had been completed after tough fighting to root out the jihadists. US drones, warships and jets conducted 495 strikes on ISIL assets as pro-government forces fought to retake the city. Though still retaining a presence, the loss of Sirte is a major blow to ISIL.