ISIS

Our archive of political and security incidents relating to Islamic State activity in Libya

23 – 29 September: Alleged assassination attempt by ISIS

On 24 September Saleh, commander of the Khalid Bin Walid Brigade, survived an assassination attempt in the Nassriya district of Sebha. On 23 September, LNA-Spokesperson, Mismari, declared that the leader of ISIS in North Africa, Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi, was killed in the LNA raid in Sebha one-week prior.

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16 – 22 September: LNA arrests ISIS member in Ghadduwah

On 21 September, the LNA claimed that it had arrested an ISIS member in the town of Ghadduwah. On 15 September, the LNA conducted a raid against an ISIS cell in Sebha. According to a press briefing by LNA spokesperson Ahmed Mismari, the raid resulted in clashes that lasted approximately 7 hours and in which 9 ISIS members were killed.

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19 – 25 August: UNSG assesses ISIL still a threat in Libya

On 20 August, a British court sentenced 22-year old Hashem Abedi, the brother of Manchester Area bomber Salman Abedi, to jail for at least 55 years for the murder of 22 people. On 25 August, Assistant Secretary General Coninsx briefed the UNSC on the UNSG’s 11th ISIL report.

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20 May – 26 May: ISIS claims four attacks in Libya in May

On 21 May, ISIS’s al-Naba issue no. 235 claimed responsibility for three attacks in Libya. On 25 May, ISIS claimed responsibility for a VBIED attack in Taraghin. On 24 May, LNA stated that they had arrested suspected Syrian ISIS leader, Muhamad al-Ruwaidani aka al-Baidani in Tripoli.

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4 March – 10 March: Alleged ISIS member arrested

On 29 February a Sudanese doctor was arrested in Libya’s South on suspicion of being affiliated with ISIS and planning to undertake a terrorist attack. He is currently being processed by security forces, who suspect he has knowledge of other ISIS cells in the South.

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29 January – 4 February 2020: LNA claims to have arrested former ISIS media official

On 26-27 January, an unidentified drone flew over Sebha through to Murzuq suspected to be pursuing ISIS-Libya members. On 27 January, the LNA’s 173 Infantry Brigade claimed ISIS fighters had fired on the LNA’s Joint Security Room of Wadi Otbah. On 30 January, the head of the media office of the LNA General Administration of the Criminal Investigation of the Army, claimed to have arrested an alleged former ISIS media official.

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8 – 14 January 2020: Suspected ISIS cells active in southern Libya

On 6 January, suspected ISIS “sleeper cells” were observed in southern Libya. On 8 January, the Ajilat Criminal Investigations Department undertook a raid targeting alleged anti-LNA fighters accused of interfering with the arrest of an ISIS fighter. On 9 January, an airstrike by an unidentified entity targeted ISIS fighters in southern Libya.

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27 November – 3 December 2019: Three alleged ISIS fighters arrested

On 29 November, the GNA’s MoI announced that it had arrested Emad Faraj Mansour al-Shuqabi on charges relating to terrorism and being the coordinator between ISIS and Ansar al-Sharia. On 20 November, the Benghazi’s Criminal Investigation General Directorate captured a suspected ISIS fighter from Benghazi. On 20 November, security forces arrested a suspected Chadian ISIS fighter in Taraghin in southern Libya.

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16 October – 22 October: Suspected ISIS member arrested in Sirte

On 14 October, the Misratan Counter-Terrorism Forces (CTF) arrested a man in Sirte on the suspicion of being a member of ISIS. On 16 October, a spokesperson for the Sirte Protection Force (SPF) claimed that ISIS fighters had reorganised in large numbers in the mountainous areas of southern Libya. On 16 October, the LNA claimed to have arrested an ISIS member after its Special Forces conducted an operation in the al-Gharat area.

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28 August – 3 September: UN Secretary General claims increase in ISIS attacks in southern Libya since April

On 29 August, the UN published a report outlining the UN Secretary General’s overview of the Libyan crisis as presented to the UN Security Council on 26 August. The report claimed there “was a significant increase in the number of attacks by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in southern Libya” following the LNA’s assault on Tripoli in April.

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21 – 27 August: ISIS member allegedly killed on Tripoli frontlines

On 27 August, unconfirmed reports claim the LNA killed an alleged ISIS member fighting on the front lines in southern Tripoli. On 15 August, unconfirmed reports suggest ISIS militants attacked a checkpoint in Bawbat al-Souda in the Jufra region. On 18 August, the LNA’s spokesperson, claimed ISIS members are amongst the opposition forces it is fighting in Murzuq.

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