The Libyan National Army (LNA) continued its assault on areas held by ISIS and the coalition of Islamist militias in Benghazi, including the Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council (BRSC) and Ansar Al Sharia (AAS). Heavy fighting is still taking place near the cement factory in Hawari, where the coalition of militias is putting up intense resistance. In Derna, fighting between ISIS …

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Non-state actors (including ISIS) seemed to focus more on the media and propaganda war over the last week, as opposed to field combat. The media arm of the Derna Mujahedeen Shura Council (DMSC), Al Salsabeel Institution, released a video on 20 March of the interrogation of captured ISIS members. The video revealed the identities of 16 ISIS members that were …

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Ansar al-Sharia (AAS) continues to publish videos, including UAV video footage of 120mm mortar fire on the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the Hawari area of southern Benghazi, and a sniper using a .50-caliber rifle to target LNA soldiers. The Benghazi-based coalition of jihadists is showing increasing signs of breakdown. Recently, the coalition had mutually agreed to drop ‘political’ labels …

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Since the beginning of 2016, coinciding with the new ISIS campaign against Libyan Oil Crescent ports and the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) latest surge against ISIS-linked militias in Benghazi, the significance of other non-state actors has diminished. The LNA’s advance in Benghazi last week against ISIS, the Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council (BRSC) and Ansar Al Sharia (AAS) has caused a large …

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The LNA’s ‘Operation Martyr’s Blood’ has demonstrated that there is not much distinction in fact between Ansar Al Sharia (AAS) in Benghazi and the Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council. Wissam Bin Hamid, a known BRSC leader and icon of ‘revolutionaries’ in Benghazi, was shown leading an AAS assault against the LNA raids in the western front on 26 February.

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2014
Jun June 9th: Ansar al-Sharia attempt to assassinate Haftar in Benghazi
Jul July 14th: Misratan and Zintani forces clashes over Tripoli Airport
Aug
Sep Sept 1st: Dawn announce creation of Tripoli Revolutionaries Shura Council
Oct
Nov
Dec Dec 14th: Operation Shuruq: Islamists advance on Oil Crescent
2015
Jan Jan 5th: Heavy fighting in Benghazi and Derna employing tanks and grad rockets
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun June 1st: PM Thinni survives assassination attempt in Tobruk
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct Oct 26th: Benghazi demonstrators killed by mortars
Nov
Dec Dec 15th: Jihadis establish roadblocks in Sabratha
2016
Jan Jan 5th: ARSC denied defection to IS; IS criticize BRSC
Feb Feb 9th: Mystery air raids on Derna kill affiliates of DMSC
Mar Mar 8th: Links between Ansar Sharia and BRSC clarified; decline of non-ISIS jihadis
Apr
May May 9th: ISIS withdrawn from Derna after defeat by DMSC
Jun June 6th: Hardline Eastern Islamist establish Mufti-backed Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB)
Jul Jul 18th: BDB claimed shoot down French advisors in LNA helicopter
Aug Aug 1st: Anti-GNA Islamist demonstrations in Tripoli Aug 29th: Jihadi media release video of children allegedly killed by French airstrikes
Sep Sept 13th: Militias tensions over GNA grow in Tripoli
Oct Oct 11th: Notable Islamic scholar kidnapped by anti-Mufti militias
Nov Nov 18th: LNA retake Guwarsha gate from BRSC in Benghazi
Dec Dec 1st: Clashes in Tripoli between GNA militias and militias loyal to Sadeq al-Ghariani Dec 26th: LNA bombs BDB fighters in Hun, provokes Misrata
2017
Jan Jan 10th: Group of jihadist fighters fled from Sabri and Ganfuda in Benghazi; the LNA captured many of them
Feb
Mar Mar 6th: BDB launches surprise attack and seizes Oil Crescent ports from LNA Mar 14th: LNA launches counter-offensive against BDB and retakes Oil Crescent Mar 21th: LNA declares Ganfuda fully liberated from jihadists
Apr Apr 4th: DMSC states it only recognises the authority of Libya’s Dar al-Ifta
May May 8th: LNA launches full ground and air assault against jihadists in Sabri and Souq al-Hout May 27th: Ansar al-Sharia announces official disbandment
Jun
Jul
Aug