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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.

26th January 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn talk with John Batchelor about their latest articles for the Long War Journal.

3rd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Osama bin Laden’s Documents Pertaining to Abu Anas al Libi Should be Released

Thomas Joscelyn

A top al Qaeda operative known as Abu Anas al Libi has died in US custody while awaiting trial. Several documents recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound discuss al Libi after he was released from Iranian custody in 2010. These files should be released to the public.

29th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Showcases Spoils of War, Key Personalities in Video

Thomas Joscelyn

A newly released Ansar al Sharia video features Wissam Ben Hamid, a key figure in the security failures surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. The video also shows Mohammed al Darsi, who appears to be the same jihadist released in exchange for a Jordanian ambassador...

27th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s ‘Provinces’ Claim Attacks in Egypt, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's "provinces" in Egypt and Libya claimed recent attacks in both countries via jihadist supporters earlier today. The group's claims of responsibility were first obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

11th December 2014 - The Weekly Standard

The Benghazi Report

Thomas Joscelyn

After a long day on November 13, 2013, Speaker of the House John Boehner walked down the marble hallways of the Longworth House Office Building to the personal office of Representative Devin Nunes for a drink, a cigarette, and maybe a brief reprieve.

7th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Representative of Ayman al Zawahiri Reportedly Captured in Turkey

Thomas Joscelyn

Abd al Baset Azzouz, an al Qaeda operative who served as Ayman al Zawahiri's representative in Libya, was captured in Turkey in mid-November. Azzouz is reportedly being investigated for his possible ties to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.

19th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

UN Recognizes Ties Between Ansar al Sharia in Libya, al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

The United Nations has added the Ansar al Sharia chapters in Benghazi and Derna to its al Qaeda sanctions list, explicitly recognizing their ties to each other, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and other al Qaeda-linked groups.

16th October 2014 - The Weekly Standard

What Happened to the ‘Sensitive Information’ Stolen in Benghazi?

Thomas Joscelyn

The Justice Department has released a new, superseding indictment in the government’s case against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the only suspect held by the U.S. in connection with the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

11th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Video Features Jihadist Once Thought to be US Ally in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

A new video posted by Ansar al Sharia Libya features Wissam Bin Hamid. American officials once considered Bin Hamid an ally in Benghazi, but he stood idly by as the US Mission and Annex were overrun on the night of Sept. 11, 2012.

8th September 2014 - AM 970, WNYM - New York, New York

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