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Libya: Chemical weapons seized by terrorist elements

By Times of Israel staff and AFP Extremist militias in Libya have taken over stashes of chemical weapons which belonged to the late ruler Muammar Gaddafi, sources in the country told London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat on Saturday. The sources expressed concern that the non-conventional weaponry, which included mustard gas and sarin gas, could find … Continue reading

Libya: Islamic State attack kills 40

A bombing by suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya has killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens in the eastern town of al-Qubbah. Three bombs exploded, targeting a petrol station, a police station and the home of parliamentary speaker Agila Salah, a security source told BBC News. According to an online statement, IS … Continue reading

Libya: Islamists strike from the sky

The military jet attack hit the airport in the western town of Zintan, in the mountains near the Tunisian border. (File photo: Reuters) Al Arabiya A Tripoli-based Islamist militia in Libya carried out their first airstrike late Tuesday on a western Libyan town allied with a rival force headed by renegade general Khalifa al-Haftar, Al … Continue reading

Italy Fears ISIS, Islamic State Invasion

As ISIS makes inroads into Libya, officials in Rome are panicking about an Islamic State just across the sea—but have no idea how to combat the crisis. Barbie Latza Nadeau ROME — Last weekend in Italy, as the threat of ISIS in Libya hit home with a new video addressed to “the nation signed with … Continue reading

Egypt following up on ISIS held Copts in Libya

ISIS showed photographs of 21 kidnapped Coptic Egyptians in orange jumpsuits. (Photo courtesy: Egyptian Streets) Al Arabiya News Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has ordered speedy evacuations of Egyptians who are residing in neighboring Libya and want to return home after Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants claimed the kidnapping of 21 Coptic … Continue reading

ISIS gunmen in Libya seize radio station

In this Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 photo, a Libyan military soldier walks past damages inside a building that was used by Islamic militias for fighting in Benghazi, Libya. (File photo: AP) By AFP Gunmen claiming to be members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group have seized control of a state-run radio … Continue reading

The Islamic State’s Expansion in Libya

 Andrew Engel While some debate the group’s true extent in Libya, ISIS has aggressively expanded its physical and media presence to intimidate its foes, coopt other jihadist groups, and attract recruits. Download PDF To read a fully sourced version of this article with footnote citations for the numerous quotes from ISIS supporters, download the PDF. … Continue reading

Leader of Ansar al-sharia, dies of wounds Mohamed al-Zahawi, leader of the Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, has died from wounds. (File photo: Reuters) Reuters, Benghazi Mohamed al-Zahawi, leader of the Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, has died from wounds suffered when fighting pro-government troops several months ago, his family and officials said on Friday. Zahawi, who founded an Ansar al-Sharia … Continue reading

ISIS comes to Libya,takes control city of Derna

By Paul Cruickshank, Nic Robertson, Tim Lister and Jomana Karadsheh, (CNN) — The black flag of ISIS flies over government buildings. Police cars carry the group’s insignia. The local football stadium is used for public executions. A town in Syria or Iraq? No. A city on the coast of the Mediterranean, in Libya. Fighters loyal … Continue reading