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Islamic State Looks to Regroup in Libya After Losing Sirte

Islamic State has lost senior figures in an unsuccessful seven-month battle to defend its coastal stronghold in Libya, but there are already signs it will try to fight back through sleeper cells and desert brigades.

IRAQ, Mosul : Peshmerga fighters inspect the remains of a car, bearing an image of the trademark jihadist flag, which belonged to Islamic State (IS) militants after it was targeted by an American air strike in the village of Baqufa, north of Mosul, on August 18,2014. Kurdish peshmerga fighters backed …

Islamic State Hit Hard in Libya, but al-Qaeda Stronger Than Ever

Thomas Joscelyn, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Senior Editor of the Long War Journal, told the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade on Tuesday that the Islamic State has suffered major setbacks in its Libyan stronghold of Sirte.

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Libya Warns Italy of Milan-Based Islamic State Cell

Libyan authorities have warned Italy of the presence of a Milan-based Islamic State cell, after recovering internal documents from an ISIS headquarters in the Libyan city of Sirte last week.

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Libya: Battle to Force Islamic State Out of Qaddafi’s Birthplace Continues

A little more than a month ago, Libyan forces claimed they had all but driven the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) out of their stronghold in Sirte, birthplace of Muammar Gaddafi. “We think that Sirte will be liberated within days, not weeks,” a military spokesman said, saying the only real problem remaining was an infestation of ISIS snipers.

A Member of a brigade loyal to the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn), an alliance of Islamist-backed fighters, stands on a pick up truck mounted with a machine gun during a military parade following battles against the Islamic State (IS) group, in the city of Sabratha, west of the capital Tripoli, …

U.S. General: Obama Lacks ‘Grand Strategy’ in Libya

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. general who has been nominated to lead the American military’s Africa Command told lawmakers he does not know if the Obama administration has a “grand strategy” in war-ravaged Libya, where U.S.-backed armed groups are fighting Islamic State jihadists.

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U.S. Admits to Boots on the Ground in Libya

Although the Libyan unity government prematurely declared victory a few weeks ago, fierce fighting against Islamic State (ISIS) forces continues in the city of Sirte, killing more than 60 people on Tuesday alone. Meanwhile, the U.S. government has admitted to having “boots on the ground” in Libya, although their numbers and missions remain secret.

Ahmed al-Mesmari, a spokesman of Libya's opposition armed forces which are made up of militias and some units of the national army based in the east of the country, addresses the media on June 8, 2016 in the coastal city of Benghazi. Libya's unity government said its forces captured two …

Libyan Forces Enter Sirte to Battle Islamic State

After many months of concern that the military forces of Libya’s divided government would never be able to work effectively against the Islamic State, there is encouraging news that a major Libyan offensive against the ISIS stronghold of Sirte is underway.

Libyans inspect the site of a suicide truck bombing on a police school in Libya's coastal city of Zliten, some 170 kilometres (100 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, which killed at least 50 people on January 7, 2016, in the deadliest attack to hit the strife-torn country since its …

Islamic State Suicide Bomber Kills Five in Libya

As part of a coordinated Islamic State offensive in western Libya Thursday, a Tunisian suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a checkpoint near the coastal city of Misrata, killing five people.

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U.S. Commander: Islamic State Jihadists in Libya More than Double to Up to 6,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists in Libya who aspire to attack Europe or the United States has more than doubled to between 4,000 and 6,000 in the last 12 to 18 months, but militias there have managed to limit the terrorist group’s growth, says the commander of U.S. forces in Africa.

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Islamic State Strikes in ‘Hub City’ for Libyan Migrants

The Islamic State raised its threat profile in Libya by attacking the heart of Sabratha, a coastal city described by the UK Daily Mail as a “hub for migrants heading for Europe.” While in control of the city’s security headquarters, ISIS militants decapitated 12 members of the staff, then used their corpses to build a roadblock against returning security forces.

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‘Daesh Hunter’: Mystery Sniper Terrorizes Islamic State Leaders in Libya

Three leaders of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) in Libya have reportedly been picked off by a mysterious sniper in the coastal city of Sirte, which has become the regional ISIS stronghold. ISIS militants are said to be frantically sweeping the city in an effort to find the “Daesh Hunter,” as locals have named him, using a derogatory name for the Islamic State.

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Report: Senior Islamic State Commanders Move to Libya

A Libyan intelligence official told the BBC on Wednesday that senior Islamic State commanders are moving into Libya, along with a growing number of foreign fighters flowing into the battleground city of Sirte.

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Islamic State Libya Branch Attacks Major Oil Export Complex

The Islamic State’s (IS) affiliate in Libya has started the new year by launching an attack on two major oil stations in the country’s east, torching an oil tank at one of the facilities in an attempt to grab hold over the country’s oil supply.

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Libya: Rival Governments Defy Hardliners, Sign UN Unity Agreement

The largest piece of terra nullius in the world is one step closer to having an internationally-recognized government again. The two governments of Libya have signed a UN-brokered agreement to begin building a state in Tripoli, though members of both factions have loudly protested any such deal.