Libya

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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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Trump Says He Does Not See a US Role in Libya

ISIS IN ACTION On 23 April, Abdullah Dabbashi (a.k.a. Abdullah Haftar), a Libyan ISIS leader was reportedly killed in an ambush by tribal militia forces loyal to the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Sabratha. Dabbashi was the leader of the Ansar al-Sharia faction in Sabratha which joined ISIS in 2015. He was reported to have […]

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US Imposes Sanctions on Designated ISIS Financiers in Libya

ISIS IN ACTION Ahmidah Al-Safrani, Abd Al-Hadi Zarqun and Hammam Hamani were identified by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Public Affairs (OFAC) on 13 April, as Libyan-based financial facilitators of ISIS. OFAC has implemented sanctions on these individuals freezing their assets and prohibiting business with US nationals. Sabri and Souq al-Hout, both adjacent to […]

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ISIS Prisoners in Libya Finally Released

ISIS IN ACTION On 6 April, 28 Eritrean and 5 Nigerian women and children who were captured and enslaved by ISIS in Sirte were released from prison in Misrata, where they had been held since the Misratan-led al-Bunyan al-Marsus forces ousted ISIS from the city in December. The women and children were captured by ISIS […]

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EU Extends Sanctions to Libyan Political Rival Actors

ISIS IN ACTION In Benghazi, the areas of Sabri and Souq al-Hout, adjacent to the port in the centre of the city, are the final enclaves controlled by the loose jihadist coalition of Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council (BRSC) and Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. Last week, conflict intensified there as the Libyan National Army (LNA) ramped […]

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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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