On 7 November, Eons intelligence reported that over 200 ISIS operatives, led by their new leader, Sani Shuwaram, arrived Sabon Tumbu, Nigeria, from...
Our archive of political and security incidents relating to Islamic State activity in Libya
On 23 October, the Counter Terrorism Force (CTF) announced the arrest of members of Islamic State in Libya (ISIS) in Msallata, north-western Libya....
On 18 October, Islamic State in Libya (ISIS) released a series of photos showing a total of seven ISIS members training with firearms and captioned...
On 14 October, the Government of National Unity’s (GNU) Internal Security Agency announced that it had captured Omar Bashir Omar Izadeen, an ISIS...
On 14 October, the Bani Walid Criminal Security Department (CID) arrested an Egyptian national with links to ISIS and the group's activities in...
On 27 September, ISIS reportedly claimed to have perpetrated an assault on a Libyan National Army (LNA) checkpoint south of Sebha. According to...
On 7 September, the Misratan Joint Operations Force announced it had arrested a senior ISIS operative, Embark al-Khazm, in Bani Walid. The Joint...
On 6 September, the Libyan National Army’s 106th Brigade (Storm Brigade) arretsed a number of suspected ISIS operatives during a security operation...
On 31 August, reports surfaced that 22 relatives of deceased ISIS suspects (killed in Libya) had been repatriated to Nigeria.
On 22 August, the Libyan National Army (LNA) aligned 128 Brigade was attacked by a suicide bomber identified as a Sudanese national at the Zillah...
On 19 August, Vladimir Voronkov, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, issued a report on the threat posed...
On 11 August, the Government of National Unity’s Minister of Justice announced that 100 suspected ISIS operatives from Africa and the Middle East...
On 11 August, the Spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA) Ahmed al-Mismari announced that the LNA had arrested a suspected ISIS operative of...
On 2 August, the Libyan National Army is reported to have undertaken airstrikes within the area of the Harouj Mountains following ISIS actvity in...
During the last week, Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, claimed that ISIS members in Libya and Syria were now making their way to Afghanistan...
On 25 July, reports surfaced claiming that the Libyan National Army (LNA) had sent military reinforcements to carry out large-scale operations...
This week, the Islamic State in Libya (ISIS) released additional photos following its earlier publication on 10 June of a photo set entitled...
On 19 July, the Libyan Attorney General’s office filed criminal lawsuits against 54 suspected ISIS members who were arrested during security...
On 13 July, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) published ‘Islamic State fortifies its position in the Lake Chad Basin’, detailing how ‘Boko...
On 14 June, ISIS claimed responsibility for an ambush and improvised explosive devise (IED) attack that killed the commander of an Libyan National...
On 6 June, ISIS claimed a suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack targeting a Libyan National Army (LNA) checkpoint at...
On 18 March, the Tripoli Attorney-General’s Office stated that ten women and 14 children detained during the recapture of Sirte from ISIS have been...
On 4 March, six ISIS members in Zliten, Qarbouli, Tripoli and Zawiya were reportedly arrested.
On 28 February, reports emerged on social media that three ISIS operatives were arrested in Derna.
On 14 February, a state of alert was issued following reports that ISIS was planning a Vehicle Borne IED (VBIED) attack in Sabratha.
On 25 January, two brothers were reportedly kidnapped near Ghuddwah in southern Sebha by suspected ISIS militants.
No relevant developments
On 8 January, Spanish police officers in Barcelona arrested three suspected ISIS members, two of which held Libyan citizenship.
On 18 October, the GNA Counter-Terrorism Force Commander, al-Zein, announced that four people had been arrested for connections to a terrorism group. On 14 October, it was reported that an ISIS leader being held in Qarnadah prison had died.
On 30 September, the GNA MoD’s Joint Force captured 5 alleged ISIS members near the Tunisian border. On 1 October, the LNA spokesperson, Mismari, released additional details on the identities of the ISIS leaders killed in Sebha in mid-September.
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.
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.
On 14-15 September, the LNA undertook an overnight raid on an alleged ISIS cell in the Abd al-Kafi neighbourhood of Sebha in southern 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.
On 16 August, the LNA claimed to have killed three ISIS-Libya fighters in Ghadduwa. On 12 August, a military operation in the Murzuq region led to the arrest of ‘suspected’ ISIS Libya affiliates.
On 16 July, a report published by the US Defence Department inspector general asserted that the Syrian fighters in Libya were ‘very likely’ motivated by money.
On 9 July, the GNA Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashaagha, announced that a suspected ISIS member had been arrested in Zawiyya days prior, while additional ISIS fighters had been captured in Abu Grein the week before.
On 5 July, Misrata’s JSOR captured alleged ISIS fighter, Omar Dabbous. On 6 July, the GNA’s Ministry of Interior announced that the Criminal Investigation Department of the Zawiyya Security Directorate had captured an ISIS cell in Zawiyya.
On 11 June, ISIS claimed responsibility for a rocket attack against the LNA forces at Tamenhint airbase via its al-Naba newsletter no.238.
On 3 June, a man identified as a GECOL employee was killed by masked men in Taraghin in southern Libya. On 6 June, an unidentified armed group launched an attack on the LNA held Triangle Checkpoint in Sebha. Both attacks were potentially conducted by ISIS.
On 29 May, ISIS released its al-Naba issue no 236 in which they claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in southern Libya.
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.
On 30 April, the LNA allegedly arrested an ISIS fighter on the Wadi Rabea axis in southern Tripoli.
On 28 April, the GNA Ministry of Interior-aligned Rada arrested suspected ISIS member Saaed Kamel Saaed Abdul Karim aka Aburami “Kimo” in Tripoli.
LNA strikes alleged ISIS enclaves in South Libya.
On 5 April, alleged ISIS member, Faraj Abdussalam al-Derawi, was killed on the Wadi Rabea axis in southern Tripoli.
A UK court has found Hashem Abedi, the brother of the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, guilty of the murder of 22 people and helping to plan one of the deadliest terror attacks the UK has ever seen.
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.
On 27 February, security forces in Sirte arrested three suspected ISIS members. The ISIS cell and its potential network is being further investigated.
On 10 February, security forces in Benghazi arrested an Egyptian national who has been accused of being a member of ISIS.
Last week, prosecutor Penny told a British Court that the brother of Salman Abedi, Hashem Abedi, is equally guilty of murdering the 22 victims of the Manchester arena attack in May 2017.
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.
A delegation of Tunisian authorities arrived in Misrata last week, to work to repatriate six children of Tunisians killed in the ranks of ISIS in 2016.
No notable developments.
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.
On 22 December, reports suggest an ISIS convoy was observed moving from Ghadduwa in the direction of Murzuq. On 31 December, the LNA military information division claimed a fighter attempted to undertake a failed suicide attack targeting the Tariq bin Ziyad Battalion stationed in Abu Salim.
18 – 31 December 2019: Al-Mismari alleges that Turkey has transferred hundreds of terrorists to Libya
On 30 December, spokesperson of Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), Ahmed Al-Mismari, alleged that hundreds of “terrorists of various nationalities” affiliated with ISIS and Al-Qaeda had been transferred from Syria to Libya during the past days via Turkey.
On 13 December, the CID in Benghazi arrested two men under the suspicion of smuggling funds outside Libya for an ISIS fighter.
On 3 December, the family of engineer Iman Daw al-Qamati confirmed that she had been acquitted of allegations of being affiliated with ISIS. On 5 December, a man’s body was discovered in al-Fuqaha, with reports claiming the man had been kidnapped by ISIS in April.
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.
On 24 November, the “Washington Post” claimed eight suspected ISIS members were arrested within the proximity of Sirte. A Western official is quoted anonymously saying that there was concern ISIS and al-Qaeda might regroup.
On 14 November, ISIS-Libya released four photos revealing the group’s members making a pledge of allegiance to new ISIS leader. On 15 November, the GNA Minister of Foreign Affairs at a meeting of the global coalition against ISIS stated ”IS threats in Libya are still imminent”.
In an interview on 4 November, the leader of the LNA, Khalifa Haftar, said that the LNA is cooperating with Chad and Sudan to fight ISIS in Libya.
On 2 November, the Ras Lanuf Security Directorate confirmed that a mass grave had been discovered east of Sirte. It is likely the grave dates from the period when ISIS occupied Sirte.
On 26 October, US AFRICOM claimed that the four US airstrikes in Libya this year had killed 25% of the remaining ISIS fighters in the country and that ISIS-Libya numbers less than 150 members. On 16 October, the LNA claimed to have arrested an ISIS member near Mitiga airport in Tripoli.
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.
On 10 October, an anonymous US defence official said recent AFRICOM strikes in Libya killed 43 ISIS fighters, resulting in a pretty significant degradation of their capabilities. On 13 October, Sabratha security forces arrested Moaz Mabrouk al-Falah on suspicion of collaborating with terrorist groups.
On 1 October, the commander of the al-Bunyan al-Marsous told Italian media that forces patrolling south of Sirte had recently identified “suspicious terrorist movements.”
On 24, 27 and 29 September, AFRICOM conducted multiple airstrikes in southern Libya targeting ISIS and claimed to have killed 35 ISIS fighters. On 30 September, the LNA Khalid Ibn al-Walid Battalion clashed with ISIS fighters between Qatroun and Um al-Aranib in southern Libya.
On 19 and 24 September, US AFRICOM launched aerial attacks targeting alleged ISIS members located near Murzuq. Statements from AFRICOM indicated that they had killed eight ISIS fighters and eleven ISIS fighters respectively.
On 11 September, a suspected attack by ISIS targeting Tripoli’s downtown area failed to occur following the distribution of a letter addressed to the National Oil Corporation (NOC) expressing concern over the possibility of an attack.
On 5 September, Sirte Security forces arrested four individuals for allegedly assisting ISIS in the second residential district of Sirte. On 31 August, ISIS fighters were detected moving through Garabuli after having supposedly arrived from the sea.