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Tripoli’s Special Deterrent Force Arrest Two Daesh (ISIS) Fighters in Libya

ISIS IN ACTION On 9 January, Tripoli’s Special Deterrent Force (Rada) announced the arrest of two ISIS fighters – Mohammed Abdullah Balah (Abu Ayoub) and Siraj Khalifa Ali Abdul Rahman al-Jahawi (Abu Huraira) – who confessed to being responsible for the failed Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) bombing in the al-Dreibi District in southwest Tripoli […]

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International Criticism Grows for Libyan National Army Commander’s Defiance

ISIS IN ACTION On 24 December, a mass grave thought to contain the bodies of as many as twenty ISIS fighters was uncovered in the al-Manara neighborhood of Sirte following a report from a local resident. Al-Manara saw the most intense clashes between ISIS and the al-Bunyan al-Marsous forces prior to the former’s defeat in […]

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ISIS Appears to be Regrouping in Sirte, Libya

ISIS IN ACTION On 3 November, Zarouk Asuiti, the head of the activation committee of security services in Sirte, stated he has received information suggesting ISIS is regrouping in the valleys south of the city. The Libyan Air Force are said to be flying Mi-35 helicopters over Nawfaliyah-Bin Jawad area following reports of ISIS activity […]

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Anti-Qatar Coalition Adds 6 Libyan Entities to ‘Qatari-Funded Terror’ List

ISIS IN ACTION Misratan-led Bunyan Marsus (BM) forces have raised the level of security readiness in Sirte in response to increased security threats. There are reports that on 22 July, BM forces sent 20 vehicles to Sabaa and established checkpoints at the west and east of the city in anticipation of an impending Islamic State […]

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Libyan Rivals Rumored to Meet Again in Cairo This Week

ISIS IN ACTION On 7 May, ISIS’s official media arm claimed responsibility for an ambush of fighters belonging to the Government of National Accord (GNA) affiliated Misratan Third Force 100km south-west of Sirte. The Misratans were attacked in the al-Loud agricultural district as they were being transported by bus from Jufra to Misrata. Two Misratans […]

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ISIS Exploited Program to Get Medical Treatment in Italy and Turkey

ISIS IN ACTION British daily newspaper The Guardian reported on 28 April that since late 2015, several Islamic State (ISIS) fighters may have infiltrated Italy disguised as wounded Libyan fighters. The paper quotes an Italian intelligence document which claims ISIS fighters took advantage of a scheme called the Comitato Assistenza Feriti Libici (Centre for the […]

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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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Libyan Opposition Attempts Another “Coup” in Tripoli

(GPA) Tripoli – Prime Minister of the rival National Salvation Government, Khalifa Ghwell has attempted another “coup” in Tripoli today. Although reports could not be independently confirmed, NSG sources state that Ghwell has seized control of the defense ministry and other “state institutions.” So what’s happening? Let’s back up a bit… Just days prior to this General Khalifa Haftar of […]