The Presidential Council of Libya's Government of National said that the liberation of Sirte two years ago did not completely eliminate the ISIS terrorist organization, urging for "caution and not stop monitoring, follow-up and confrontation."
"Militants have been attempting to gather in other areas, and there are cells waiting for opportunities to carry out criminal operations," PM Al-Sarraj said in a statement marking the second anniversary of the liberation of the city from the grip of ISIS.
The statement called for "expediting the unification of the military establishment into one Libyan army under executive civilian authority in accordance with the principles of democracy."
The presidential council described the battle for the liberation of Sirte as "an epic of courage and redemption in the face of a ferocious terrorist organization that sees the world as dangerous."
On December 17, 2016, the head of the Libyan government, Fayez Al-Sarraj, formally announced the liberation of the city of Sirte, pointing out that the war on terrorism in Libya is not over yet.
This came eight months after the beginning of the operations by the Bunyan Al-Marsous forces.