Author: Eye on ISIS in Libya

US Will Maintain Force in Libya “to Counter IS”

ISIS IN ACTION On 24 March, Marine Corps General Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. Africa Command, told a press conference at the Pentagon that the United States would “maintain a force” in Libya in order to develop intelligence and work with the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli if more action was needed against Islamic State. […]

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LNA Fighters Pose With Mutilated Jihadi Corpses on Social Media

ISIS IN ACTION On 18 March, Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said the LNA had found a mass grave of jihadist fighters in Ganfuda, Benghazi. The grave contained the corpse of former Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) leader Jamal Makhzoum as well as the corpses of Ansar al-Sharia commanders. The BRSC has confirmed […]

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US Concerned About Russian Presence in Libya

ISIS IN ACTION On 9 March, Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, the head of US Africa Command (AFRICOM), warned the US Senate’s foreign affairs committee that Islamic State (ISIS) is regrouping in Libya. He said “The status of ISIS in Libya is they are right now regrouping. They’re in small numbers, small groups.” Waldhauser oversaw the […]

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Libya Can’t Vote in UN General Assembly Until $6.5M in Debt is Paid-Off

ISIS IN ACTION On 22 February, two young jihadi fighters who reportedly fought for Islamic State (ISIS) were arrested in Ajdabiya by a group calling itself the Tariq Ibn Ziyad Brigade. They had escaped the Libyan National Army (LNA) siege in Benghazi. One of the men was Mohamed Mustafa al-Mugharbi (aka Randa al-Abed), a high-profile […]

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US Interrogates IS Fighters That Survived Libyan Airstrikes

ISIS IN ACTION In an interview with the Associated Press on 17 February, Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the head of US Africa Command, said that the US obtained significant intelligence from the Islamic State (ISIS) camps, located 45km south of Sirte, which were hit by US airstrikes on 19 January. A senior US military official […]

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Libya: Rivals Haftar and Serraj to Meet in Cairo

ISIS IN ACTION A suspected Islamic State (ISIS) arms cache containing unguided air-to-ground bombs and fuel was reportedly found by Libyan National Army (LNA) units approximately 90km south of Nawfaliya, a town east of Sirte. On 11 February, Misrata’s Air Academy chief said that ISIS cells are regrouping in the regions south-west of Misrata, near […]

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Libya and Italy Sign Migration Deal

ISIS IN ACTION On 6 February, a video was published on Libyan social media showing the execution of Libyan National Army (LNA) fighter Suliman al-Hoty. His executioner is reportedly a well-known Islamic State (ISIS) fighter from Benghazi. In the video, al-Hoty is filmed inside a small hole. He tells his captor to ‘end it with […]

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After Liberation from ISIS, Security in Sirte is Breaking Down

ISIS IN ACTION Misratan-led al-Bunyan al-Marsus (BM) forces reportedly discovered the remains of 90 bodies 45 km south west of Sirte, apparently killed by the US airstrikes launched against ISIS cells on 19 January as a parting move by the Obama administration. The BM fighters reportedly captured two ‘terrorist’ suspects and killed four during the […]

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US and AFRICOM Carry Out Strikes in Libya on Obama’s Last Day in Office

ISIS IN ACTION On 16 January, Brg. Mohammed al-Ghosri, who was last week promoted by the GNA Minister of Defence (MoD) from Head of the BM Operations Room to MoD spokesperson, announced that more than 2,500 bodies of ISIS fighters had been collected from Sirte. He added that hundreds of other bodies may still be under […]

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Gen. Haftar of Libyan National Army Meets With Russian Defense Minister

ISIS IN ACTION On 10 January, the Benghazi Shura Revolutionary Council (BRSC) said that the Islamic State (ISIS) breakout from the besieged Benghazi areas of Sabri and Ganfuda on 5 January caused ‘some’ disarray in their ranks, calling the ISIS withdrawal a ‘betrayal’. The BRSC and their supporters are facing a growing scandal over their […]

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