Middle East In Misrata, Libya’s Sparta, fighters’ goal is to contain Islamic State

Residents of Misrata view their Mediterranean city as invincible and impenetrable by Islamic State militants, whom they have surrounded in Sirte, where Qaddafi was killed in 2011.


Mahmoud Shawse, a fighter for the Libya Dawn-allied 166 Brigade, had just stepped out to install a new surveillance camera when a car bomb detonated outside his base in Misrata.