Military heats up battle in Libya as Islamic State militants seek refuge

By Carlo Muñoz and Guy Taylor  The U.S. military is ramping up operations and bombing raids against the Islamic State in Libya, where the terrorist group’s fighters have increasingly found refuge as their territorial base shrinks in Syria and Iraq. U.S.-backed militias largely crushed the Islamic State’s Libya operation in late 2015, but signs that the group is gaining a new foothold in the North African […]

US strikes Islamic State camp in Libyan desert

BY THOMAS JOSCELYN American forces launched “six precision airstrikes” on an Islamic State camp in Libya on Sept. 22, according to US Africa Command (AFRICOM). The bombings reportedly killed 17 jihadists and destroyed three vehicles at a “desert camp.” “The camp was located approximately 150 miles southeast of Sirte,” AFRICOM said in a statement today. “The camp was used […]

11 beheaded in attack on Libya checkpoint

BENGHAZI – At least 11 people were beheaded Wednesday after an attack on a checkpoint controlled by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar south of Tripoli, a spokesman for his forces said. “At least nine soldiers were beheaded… in addition to two civilians” at the checkpoint about 500 kilometres south of Tripoli, Colonel Ahmad al-Mesmari said, […]

Libya finally requests NATO help

Brooks Tigner, Brussels After years of hesitation on the part of political authorities in Libya since NATO ended its military intervention in the country in 2011, Tripoli has finally submitted a request to the alliance for assistance in reforming its security structures. “Last night I received a formal request from Libyan prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj,” […]

‘Ninety bodies found’ at Libyan ISIL camp bombed by US

TRIPOLI // Libyan forces say they have found about 90 bodies of militants at an ISIL camp hit by US air strikes last week. The forces posted pictures of camouflaged desert hideouts and said the sites were being used for training. Shells, suicide belts and booby traps had been recovered there, they said. Two suspected militants […]

U.S. bombings of ISIS camps in Libya connected to Berlin truck attack that left 12 dead

BY CHRIS SOMMERFELDT The decision to bomb terrorist training camps in Libya last week was made after U.S. intelligence officials determined that they were connected to the bloody Berlin truck attack last month, officials said. Tunisian-born terrorist Anis Amri ploughed a 20-ton truck through a Christmas market in the German capitol on Dec. 19, killing 12 […]

U.S. strikes in Libya kill more than 80 Islamic State fighters

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart More than 80 Islamic State militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in U.S. air strikes on camps outside the group’s former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday. “These strikes were directed against some of ISIL’s […]

Libya officially declares Sirte free from Islamic State

Ismail Akwei with AFP The head of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj announced Saturday night that the city of Sirte is no more the Libyan stronghold of the Islamic State organization (IS) yet the war against terrorism in Libya has “not finished”. “After eight months of the start of military operations […]

U.S. on watch for Islamic State dispersing in Libya: official

By Lamine Chikhi The United States is “watching very carefully” for Islamic State militants operating outside Sirte as the jihadist group faces defeat in its former North African stronghold, a senior U.S. Department of State official told Reuters. Libyan forces have been battling Islamic State in Sirte for more than six months and have reduced […]