An Islamic State (IS) militant who was involved in the beheading in Derna of a Libyan National Army (LNA) soldier in 2015 has been captured in an LNA undercover operation in the town, it has been revealed.
Anis Bualjieh Awami, who held up the head of Abdulnabi Al-Shargawi at the Ateeq Mosque on 3 June 2015, was captured last month, although the news has only just been divulged. He was seized near his home in Derna by a small unit sent in to grab him and others.
Shargawi was an LNA volunteer who was captured on 29 May 2015 and then publicly beheaded a week later at the mosque. Awami was not the actual executioner. That was said to be Abdul Rahman Mikraz, killed a few days latter in fighting between IS and the Abu Sleem Brigade, the main element in the Derna Mujahideen Shoura Council forces. Awami was one of IS guards at the execution and held up the head to be photographed.
A local resident of Derna, born in 1987, he pledged allegiance to IS in 2014. After it was crushed by the muhajideen he was arrested and held first at a prison in the western Shiha area then transferred to Bishr prison. In 2016, he changed allegiance like a number of others, to the mujadideen. He then started working as a guard in the same prison, then later as a checkpoint guard. libyaherald.com
For renegade General Khalifa Haftar and his puppets, those who oppose Dignity Operation are terrorists! They can be ISIS affiliates, Al-Qaeda-linked extremists, or Muslim Brotherhood members. Derna Shura Council is no exception. This council was categorized by Dignity Operation as an ISIS group, but later after the defeat of ISIS in Derna by council fighters, the categorization has been changed! Now, Dignity Operation and its affiliated media claim that Derna Shura fighters are a group of Al-Qaeda who are supported by Muslim Brotherhood. libyaobserver.ly
Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, operating in Derna, & Ajdabiya, were the first group in Libya to pledge allegiance to ISIS, switching allegiances from al-Qaeda to ISIS, then back to al-Qaeda; presumably after the Muslim Brotherhood started to view ISIS as a threat to their own influence/control, leading to the assassination of Shura Council leader Nasser Akr by ISIS. While under the ISIS banner Derna remained allied to Libya Dawn, who at the time were cooperating with ISIS against Haftar forces. Note. That Derna Shura Council was under the ISIS banner at the time of the Tunisia attack (Thirty of the 38 people killed by a gunman on a Tunisian beach were British).
Shura Council’s links to al-Qaeda go back to LIFG; Who’s financiers operated in the UK around 2005-6 under charity fronts (Sanabal Charitable Committee) to finance terrorist organizations in Iraq, Afghanistan, & Libya. The Shura Council of Mujahideen in Derna was created by former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group member Salim Derby on 12 December 2014. Derby was given leadership of Abu Salim Battalion; by the same person who formed the Muslim Brotherhood &, al-Qaeda group Dawn militia, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi.
Saudi sources; Libya Dawn: Map of allies and enemies states that the Shura Council has connections to both the Muslim Brotherhood (Dawn) & al-Qaeda (particularly al-Sharia who were involved in the 2012 Benghazi attack).
ISIS fighters smashed a force of Italian and British Special Ops troops on Wednesday, April 27 in the first battle of its kind in Libya, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. This battle will result in the delay of the planned Western invasion of Libya, as the encounter proved that European forces are not ready for this kind of guerilla warfare. The sources also said the planners of the invasion were surprised by the high combat skills of the ISIS fighters.
Our sources report the following details:
The convoy of Italian marines, British special forces and Libyan troops was traveling from the northwestern city of Misrata toward the ISIS stronghold of Sirte, located 273 kilometers to the southeast, when it was ambushed and hit hard by ISIS forces.
Italian troops were among those killed or wounded in the battle, but there is no information whether there were British casualties as well. Some reports say members of the Western force were taken prisoner by ISIS, although they have yet to be identified. It is possible that any hostages are from the Libyan National Army, a militia commanded by Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a Libyan who has American citizenship. debka.com
An Italian flag was burned in Derna , Libya , during a demonstration against the continued air strikes by the Libyan National Army (Lna) led by Khalifa Haftar. This was reported by the local newspaper Libya Herald, explaining that the demonstrators condemned what they call interference by Italy and the United Nations in Libya . A similar event was held in Benghazi in recent days.
A group of Ethiopians who had been kidnapped in Libya arrived at Cairo airport on Thursday after Egyptian army forces rescued them, state media quoted Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as saying.
But one Ethiopian in the group, and a Libyan source, appeared to cast doubt on that version of events, saying the men had only been held up by Libyan immigration.
State TV broadcast live footage of Sisi greeting about 30 Ethiopians who had arrived on an Egyptian government plane.
“Sisi announced during a seminar the success of the armed forces in returning the Ethiopian brothers who had been kidnapped in Libya,” state news agency MENA reported.
The state broadcast gave no details of their identity, the manner of their release or circumstances of detention.
Security sources told Reuters that Egyptian intelligence services had provided Libyan authorities with information that helped them free the Ethiopians who had been held by armed groups in the cities of Derna and Misrata.
One of the Ethiopians said they had been held by Libyan immigration authorities.
“The Libyan government came and took us to the anti-illegal immigration body and then the Egyptian government took us from there,” he told reporters at the airport. That account was confirmed by a Libyan official. reuters.com
Qatar returned its ambassador to Cairo on Tuesday, almost a month after recalling him in response to an Egyptian official accusing the tiny Gulf nation of supporting terrorism.
The ambassador was summoned home for consultation after Egypt carried out airstrikes in Libya in February in response to the beheading of 21 captive Egyptian Christians by an Islamic State affiliate there.
Qatar protested Egypt’s “unilateral” airstrikes, while Egypt’s delegate to the Arab League accused Doha of supporting terrorism.
Now, Egypt and Qatar both back the Saudi-led airstrikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, which began last week.
The ambassador resumed his work Tuesday, after returning to Egypt with the emir of Qatar to attend an Arab League summit last weekend that endorsed the Saudi-led strikes.
Cairo and Doha have been at odds since the Egyptian military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi following mass protests against him. Qatar was a strong backer of Morsi and protested his ouster.
The military-backed government that succeeded Morsi withdrew Egypt’s envoy from Doha in January 2014, accusing Qatar of meddling, and of using the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite TV network to stir chaos. nzherald.co.nz
Arriving in Benghazi by C-130 military transport plane in May 2011 as the UK special envoy’s stabilisation adviser, I could never have imagined the dark future that lay ahead. We were led to believe by political emigres in the UK that rebuilding Libya would be a relatively simple operation: Muammar Gaddafi was finished, Libya’s army was useless and its tribes were broken. A new state was to be built on fresh and firm foundations. How mistaken we were.
Just four years later, Libya is witnessing an explosion in violence, led by al-Qaida and Islamic State (Isis): the gruesome murder of Egyptian Christians, devastating suicide bombings, the kidnapping of western oil workers and the discovery of countless headless soldiers and civil-society activists in Benghazi.
Back in 2011, while everyone trumpeted democracy, human rights and transparent institutions, competing Libyan political alliances differed over the means. The popular, politically liberal – though still socially conservative – majority, represented by the National Forces Alliance, promoted reform. The much less popular, but better organised, Islamists and their allies preferred continuous revolution. Unhappy with just a share in the state, the Islamists wanted to own it entirely – and now, following three consecutive losses at the ballot box, they are the ones responsible for leading Libya towards annihilation. theguardian.com
NATO pretext for humanitarian intervention:
The widespread and systematic acts of violence and intimidation committed by the Libyan security forces against pro-democracy protesters, as well as the gross and systematic violation of human rights brought the international community to agree on taking collective action. nato.int
Gaddafi’s letter to Obama:
“We are confronting al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, nothing more,” Gaddafi wrote. “What would you do if you found them controlling American cities with the power of weapons? Tell me how would you behave so that I could follow your example?” (Obama did not respond.)
In an email sent out after a phone call between the two leaders, the White House insisted the invasion was about “helping provide the Libyan people an opportunity to transform their country, by installing a democratic system that respects the people’s will.”
That “democratic system” has produced chaos, terror, and social and political disintegration.
Latest example: a brutal attack on the Corinthia Hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, supposedly targeting militia-backed Prime Minister Hassi and foreign diplomats.
A number of gunmen stormed the luxury hotel after detonating a car bomb outside the building. The attack killed three and injured six.
The corporate media, following the lead of U.S. government intelligence contractor the SITE Intelligence Group, claims the attack was the work of a group that supports ISIS and was carried out in the name of Abu Anas al-Libi, the supposed al-Qaeda computer specialist who reportedly died after his capture by U.S. Army Delta Force soldiers in Tripoli back in October 2013. It is said al-Libi was an al-Qaeda operative involved in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa.
The New York Times reports:
A group calling itself the Tripoli Province of the Islamic State, the extremist group that has seized territory in Syria and Iraq, issued a statement on social media claiming responsibility for the attack just as it was beginning. The group portrayed the assault as retaliation for the abduction last year by American commandos of a Libyan Qaeda operative, Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, also known as Abu Anas al-Libi.
Mr. Ruqai, 50, died this month in a New York hospital of complications from liver surgery as he was waiting to stand trial for a role in the Qaeda bombings of the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
Left unmentioned in the reportage on the death of al-Libi is his linkage to western intelligence. He was connected to another prominent intelligence asset, Ali Mohamed, and was paid to assassinate Libyan leader Colonel Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi.
Al-Libi was allowed to live openly in Britain until 2000. He was associated with MI6 asset L’Houssaine Kherchtou, an al-Qaeda member who later turned witness for a U.S. trial and was trained in surveillance techniques in Pakistan by CIA operative Mohamed in 1992.
The Tripoli Province of the Islamic State is connected to the CIA and Saudi effort to topple the al-Assad government in Syria.
The group “has been bolstered by the return to Libya from Syria and Iraq of up to 300 Libyan jihadists who were part of ISIS’ al Battar Brigade — deployed at first in Deir Ezzor in Syria and then Mosul in Iraq. These fighters supported the Shura Council for the Youth of Islam in Derna, a pro-ISIS faction,” CNN reported in November.
In June, it was reported that members of ISIS were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan. infowars.com
The ISIL militants in Libya the US has expressed concerns about were once Washington’s “pro-democracy rebels” who toppled the government of Muammar Gaddafi, says political analyst Joe Iosbaker. “Their so-called pro-democracy rebels have now become ISIS (or ISIL),” Iosbaker said when asked about US concern over reports that ISIL-linked militants are destabilizing eastern parts of Libya. State Department spokesman Jeffrey Rathke said on Wednesday, “We are closely monitoring the situation and are concerned by the destabilizing threat that militias and terrorist groups pose to the Libyan people and government.” According to reports, militants linked to the ISIL terrorist group have overrun the town of Derna in eastern Libya. presstv.ir
An army colonel who returned to Derna for his brother’s burial was gunned down yesterday in the family home.
Col Abdul Razaq Awad Bin Ali had travelled from Benghazi. A source in the town told the Libya Herald that the brother had died a few days ago. He added that attackers had “stormed into the family’s house in the Wadi Embach district and shot him [Col Ali] in front of everybody. They then left celebrating”.
In further violence in Derna, the café at the Al-Jabal Al-Siyahi hotel was bombed in the small hours of Sunday morning. There were no casualties but there was reported to be extensive damage to the café, which has been a popular meeting place for writers and artists. libyaherald.com
Libya’s beleaguered elected parliament has declared a formal alliance with a renegade former general, as it struggles to assert some authority in a country many fear is sliding into outright civil war.
Three years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, the oil-producing desert state is in chaos, with Islamists and other militias fighting for territory and influence and the regular armed forces reduced to near-impotence.
One faction has seized Tripoli, setting up its own assembly and administration in the capital and forcing the internationally-recognised government to take refuge in the east of the country.
Khalifa Haftar, a former general under Gaddafi, is one of dozens of commanders of irregular forces calling the shots in the country. Last week, his forces launched a new offensive against Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi.
The House of Representatives, Libya’s elected parliament which has relocated to Tobruk in the far east, has endorsed Haftar’s Operation Dignity against Islamists, giving him an official role, parliament spokesman Farraj Hashem said.
“Operation Dignity is leading officers and soldiers of the Libyan army … Operation Dignity is an operation of the Libyan army,” he said late on Sunday.
The move appears in contradiction to past calls from the House of Representatives for all militias to be disarmed to help restore order and rebuild the state.
The decision to endorse Haftar might also worsen a conflict between the House of Representatives, allied to the internationally-recognised government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, and the new rulers of Tripoli.
Both recognised bodies have been based in eastern Libya since an armed group from the western city of Misrata seized Tripoli in August and set up its own assembly and government there.
The Misrata faction has denounced Haftar as a Gaddafi loyalist who is trying to stage a counterrevolution with other officials of the former regime. Haftar helped Gaddafi seize power in 1969 but fell out with the former strongman in the 1980s. reuters.com