Libya

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ISIS Sets up Checkpoint in Libyan Oil Crescent

ISIS IN ACTION On 13 August, ISIS Wilayat Barqah released a eulogy in their “Caravans of Martyrs” of Kenyan fighter Abu Mousa al-Keni. On 9 August, ISIS claimed in its latest al-Naba newsletter (no 143) that they had raided a Libyan National Army checkpoint close to Fuqaha in Jufrah at dawn on 4 August. The […]

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South Korea Deploys Warship to Libya Coast in Show of Force

ISIS IN ACTION ISIS-affiliated social media accounts have released a list of over 200 hundred names of Misratan fighters from al-Bunyan al-Marsous (BAM) as targets for assassination. The week before the BAM spokesperson, Mohammed Al-Ghusri, stated in a TV interview that the recent spate of ISIS attacks was a result of ISIS members escaping from […]

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Italy Plans to Host International Conference on Libya

ISIS IN ACTION Additional details have emerged surround ISIS’s attack on a police station in Uqaylah in Eastern Libya. On 24 July, ISIS fighters arrived in as many as five vehicles and attacked the Uqaylah police station in the early hours of the morning, killing one policeman. The attackers then burned the station, leaving several […]

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ISIS Raids Police Station in Libya, Clashes Occur at Checkpoint

ISIS IN ACTION On 24 July, ISIS fighters raided a police station in al-Uqaylah, west of Brega, destroying at least two vehicles with unconfirmed reports suggesting that multiple officers were killed and at least one was beheaded. Clashes also occurred at a Libyan National Army (LNA) checkpoint 20km south of the town following the incident. […]

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Libya Special Deterrence Forces Mistakenly Raid Home, Kill Man and Pregnant Wife

ISIS IN ACTION On 10 July, the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) Criminal Investigations Department in Brega arrested an individual suspected of being an ISIS fighter. During the arrest, the suspect was discovered to possess a suicide belt. On 10 July, in the earlier hours of the morning, a large contingent of Special Deterrence Forces (Rada) […]

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Libyan National Sentenced to 22 Years in US Prison for Role in 2012 Benghazi Attack

ISIS IN ACTION On 28 June, airstrikes targeting Benghazi Defence Brigade (BDB) and ISIS locations were reported near Bani Walid. At the time of writing it is unclear if it was either of the two groups or an amalgamation of forces fleeing the Oil Crescent after participating in Ibrahim Jadhran’s assault on the oil facilities. […]

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US Refutes Claims that Recent Airstrike in Libya Killed Innocent Civilians

ISIS IN ACTION On 26 June, ISIS fighters kidnapped two Libyan National Army (LNA) officers while they participated in a social gathering in the desert area between Zallah and Waddan. The officers were identified by their military IDs. In the most recent edition of their digital newspaper, al-Naba, ISIS claimed to have undertaken two attacks […]

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US Conducts Drone Strike on al-Qaeda in Libya

ISIS IN ACTION On 14 June, unconfirmed reports suggest ISIS and Benghazi Defence Brigade fighters were spotted near the village of Harawa, 50 km east of Sirte. Libyan National Army al-Saiqa Special forces are said to have mobilized to the location in response to the reports. WESTERN RESPONSE On 13 June, U.S Africa Command (AFRICOM), […]

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Libya: ISIS Kills Civilians at Fake Checkpoint, US Conducts Airstrikes

ISIS IN ACTION On 6 June, local sources claim that ISIS fighters established a fake checkpoint between Zillah and Waddan in the Jufra region and fired upon a vehicle killing two civilians from the Qadhafa tribe. However, in contrast to this version of events, ISIS published a claim stating that its fighters had killed two […]

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Daesh (ISIS) Fighters Attack a Police Station in Libya

ISIS IN ACTION On 2 June, ISIS fighters attacked a police station in al-Qanan, 10km south-east of Ajdabiya, killing a civilian and injuring another five. No police were injured or killed despite two police cars being set aflame. The casualties were allegedly a family in a car passing by the raid. Later that day ISIS […]

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