Battle of Sirte (Fighting ISIS in Libya)

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Stanislav Krupar

Stanislav Krupar is a Prague-based documentary photographer. His work appears regularly in Die Zeit, GEO, The New York Times, Time, De Standaard, NZZ, Focus, Internazionale, and other international media. Besides covering news and current affairs, Stanislav also works on several long-term documentary projects in Russia and Siberia. He started his career as a freelance photographer in 2002, after graduating from the Mendel University in Brno in the Czech Republic. Stanislav Krupa worked as an illegal migrant worker at farms in England and worked as a special needs teacher at a primary school in Brno. He was a staff photographer at the Czech weekly magazine Reflex between 2009 and 2013. Since fall 2015, Stanislav has been a contract photographer for the Czech version of Newsweek. Stanislav Krupar's work is represented by the German agency LAIF.

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Battle of Sirte (Fighting ISIS in Libya)

In the spring of 2016 the Misrata militias backed by local businessmen and the Government of National Accord (GNA) started an offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the region of Sirte in Libya. First easy victories turned immediately into long lasting bloody fights when the ISIS used the town of Sirte as a fortress full of snipers and traps. Misrata troops - badly trained and equipped - lost 2500 men before Sirte was finally liberated in December 2016. But it is hard to celebrate it as and of fighting as Libya is deeply divided failed state where the one victory opens just new endless battles.