Analysis & Commentary

21st February 2015 - Quoted by Ricki Gurwitz - CTV News

Al Qaeda vs. ISIS: A Battle for Jihadist Supremacy in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

News that ISIS is forming bases in Libya has Western countries on edge, but it's also not welcome news to another group that operates in that country: al Qaeda.

21st February 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Could ISIS’ Foray into North Africa Draw Another Western Intervention in Libya?

Jonathan Schanzer

The expansion of the Libyan conflict from an intra-state conflict to one involving other states has increasingly gathered momentum since late 2014, Prof. Yehudit Ronen of the political science department at Bar-Ilan University told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

20th February 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on the battle between the Islamic State and Al Qaeda in Libya.

20th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Suicide Bombings by Islamic State’s ‘Province’ Rock Libyan Town

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the Islamic State's so-called "provinces" in Libya has claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks in the Libyan town of Qubba earlier today. The group says the attacks were retaliation for the airstrikes carried out in nearby Derna.

18th February 2015 - Quoted by Patrick Markey, Michael Georgy - Reuters

Islamic State Lays Claim to North African Outpost

Thomas Joscelyn

The images match the worst of Islamic State's atrocities: black-clad fighters and an English-speaking jihadist taunt the West before slaughtering their victims in orange jumpsuits on a Libyan beach.

18th February 2015 - Quoted by Farouk Chothia - BBC News

Islamic State Gains Libya Foothold

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State (IS) has wreaked havoc in the Middle East, seizing vast areas of Iraq and Syria and now it is taking advantage of Libya's collapse into anarchy.

17th February 2015 - Quoted by Kate Brannen, Keith Johnson - Foreign Policy

The Islamic State of Libya Isn’t Much of a State

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s videotaped beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians on a Libyan beach — and the airstrikes Cairo launched in response — have sparked fears that the terrorist group is trying to expand its self-proclaimed caliphate into a third country.

17th February 2015 - Fox News

Shepard Smith Reporting

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on what the latest Islamic State video tells us about the group.

17th February 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss their latest articles for the Long War Journal.

17th February 2015 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the Islamic State's presence in Libya.

17th February 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Plis - The Daily Caller

Egypt Strikes Back Against ISIS In Libya — At Least For Now

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Sunday’s release of an ISIS video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya prompted a swift military reprisal from Egypt, despite a messy civil war and potentially limited fighting capacity.

16th February 2015 - Cited by Tim Lister - CNN

ISIS Atrocity in Libya Demonstrates Its Growing Reach in North Africa

ISIS is under pressure in parts of Iraq and battling a variety of adversaries in Syria, but it's metastasizing at warp speed elsewhere, most dangerously in Egypt and Libya.

16th February 2015 - Quoted by Molly Hunter and James Gordon Meek - ABCNews

ISIS, Al Qaeda Heading for Terror Showdown in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Recent moves by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS] to assert itself in Libya have led to clashes with al Qaeda-affiliated jihadis there, experts say, and Egypt stepped into the fray Monday by launching new airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya.

15th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

21 Egyptian Christians Executed in Islamic State Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has released a video showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christian workers who were kidnapped in Libya. The lead fighter in the video seeks to intimidate Italy, saying his organization will conquer Rome. The group is also using the beheadings to portray al Qaeda's leaders...

15th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State ‘Province’ in Libya Claims Capture of Town

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the Islamic State's so-called provinces in Libya claims to have captured the town of Nawfaliyah. The group has also assaulted several buildings in Sirte, reportedly taking control of the local radio and television stations.

11th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Leader Met With Osama bin Laden, Followed his ‘Methodology’

Thomas Joscelyn

Before his own death on Jan. 31, Harith al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, recorded an audio eulogy for the leader of Ansar al Sharia Libya, Mohammed al Zahawi. Nadhari noted that Zahawi had met with Osama bin Laden in the mid-1990s.

2nd February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Photos Focus on Governance Efforts Near Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia Libya released a set of propaganda photos in late January that are intended to demonstrate the group's authority over areas in and around Benghazi. The photos purportedly show a police station and a convoy of security vehicles under the group's control. However, forces loyal...

28th January 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Former U.S. Marine Killed by Islamic State’s Tripoli ‘Province’

Thomas Joscelyn

Two gunmen entered the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli Tuesday morning. When their shooting rampage was over, at least ten people had been killed.

28th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Libyan Ansar al-Sharia Leader Gets Medical Treatment in Turkey

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al-Sharia Libya confirmed this weekend that its leader, Mohamed al-Zahawi, had passed away from wounds sustained last year.

27th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s ‘Province’ Claims Responsibility for Attack on Hotel in Tripoli

Thomas Joscelyn

Gunmen assaulted the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli early this morning. According to some accounts, a car bomb was detonated outside of the hotel during the attack.


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