The threat of ISIS in Misrata been bolstered after reports of a local group calling itself ‘Mujahedeen Misrata’, announced loyalty or ‘Baya’ to the international group in an audio message…. The local council of Sabratha issued a strong statement rejecting sensational claims made by a new Libyan satellite TV channel (218) that ISIS is in ‘‘control’’ of its city.

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Clashes broke out in Ajdabiya on 15 December after LNA units, headed by Ltn. Mohammed Daooud Al Gabsi of border guard brigade, and Ltn. Mohammed Ebsit, deputy commander of the Ajdabiya operations room, began manhunts for members of the Ajdabiya Revolutionary Shura Council (ARSC) in the city, allegedly affiliated with Ansar Al Sharia. … In Benghazi, The Revolutionary Shura Council (BRSC) published some photos, showing an IED exploding against LNA soldiers in the district of Bu-Atni.

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In Sabratha, the short-lived emergence of an Islamist militia, mistakenly referred to by the international media as ISIS, and their temporary manning of checkpoints on the main road in the city, led to a temporary closure of schools and public administrations.

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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) bragged about their control of central Derna and released a statement eulogizing the emir of Ansar Al Sharia’s Derna branch, Hamid al-Sha’iri. According  to it Al-Sha’iri and his men were killed last week “as a result of a treacherous ambush laid by the soldiers of the taghut [Haftar].” The group left Derna to …

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Demonstrators in Benghazi were killed by mortar fire. The alliance of convenience between the Libyan National Army and the Derna Mujahideen Shura Council continues to hold. Extremists maintain complicated relationships in Sabratha and Ajdabiya.

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While LNA forces are reportedly making gains in territories held by Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) forces, other reports indicate the success of the BRSC in destroying LNA tanks and fighter aircraft in Benina airport.

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In Benghazi, fighting between LNA troops affiliated with Operation Dignity and militias of the Benghazi’s Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) concentrated for the most part in the al-Lathama, Suq al-Sayyarat and Salaam districts.

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In Benghazi, fighting continues unabated between Khalifa Haftar’s forces and troops of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) and IS. Fighting continued in Derna mostly between Derna Mujahideen Shura Council (DMSC) forces and IS members.

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