Weekly Eye on ISIS in Libya Update – August 29, 2016

ISIS In Action

In Sirte, fighting halted last week, but resumed fiercely on 27 August. The break in the fighting was reportedly to allow wives and children of ISIS fighters to exit the conflict zone towards the southwest, though there is no evidence confirming this actually took place. It is likely that key ISIS commanders will have taken advantage of this lull in fighting to escape to the south, meaning the destruction of ISIS in Sirte will not mean the eradication of ISIS in Libya.

On 28 August, Bunyan Marsus (BM) fighters aligned with the Government of National Accord (GNA) closed in on ISIS-held districts 1 and 3 of Sirte. At least 35 were killed and more than 180 injured as a result of fierce fighting and reportedly 14 attempted SVBIED attacks by ISIS. BM sources say that five of these were neutralised by US airstrikes, four where destroyed by BM fighters before impact, while five others managed to hit their targets. SVBIED’s, together with IEDs, booby traps and sniper fire, accounts for the majority of BM casualties. It is unclear if BM forces have either the training or the resolve to push past this relentless wave of attacks. In fact, we see that ISIS in Libya deploys different, but related tactics to ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

One way of analysing the mass use of SVBIEDs is that ISIS fighters are making a suicidal last stand against the advance of Misratan-led BM fighters. Another way is they have calculated that this approach may successfully dissuade Misratan fighters from completely liberating Sirte. ISIS areas of control are now limited to two clusters in residential districts 1 and 3, which are not directly contiguous areas, in addition to pockets of resistance in residential district 2.

Meanwhile, unpublicized reports indicate that  an ISIS cell of fighters from Derna has been detained inside Misrata.  This development could potentially provoke an ISIS retaliation.

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New issue of The Islamic State’s newsletter: “al-Nabā’ #45″

For prior parts see: #44#43#42#41#40#39#38#37#36#35#34#33#32#31#30#29#28#27#26#25#24#23#22#21#20#19#18#17#16#15#14#13#12#11#10 and #1.

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Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: The Islamic State — “al-Nabā’ Newsletter #45″

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New video message from Jaysh al-Fataḥ: “Glad Tidings With the Graduation of the First Military Training Camp For Those That Joined Through the Campaign ‘Join Jaysh al-Fataḥ'”

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbp7hiBiR5Y

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New statement from The Islamic State: “Martyrdom of the Mujāhid Shaykh Abū Muḥammad al ‘Adnānī, the Spokesperson of The Islamic State – Wilāyat Ḥalab”

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Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: The Islamic State — “Martyrdom of the Mujāhid Shaykh Abū Muḥammad al ‘Adnānī, the Spokesperson of The Islamic State – Wilāyat Ḥalab”

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New video message from The Islamic State: “The Flame of Sacrifice #2 – Wilāyat Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn”

Click here for the first part of this video series.

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Source: https://archive.org/download/1472571265_feda

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New video message from Jabhat Fataḥ al-Shām: “Ḥamāh: Report About the Suffering of the Hospitals in the Liberated Areas”

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New statement from al-Qā’idah in the Islamic Maghrib: “Destroying Armored Personnel and Killing and Wounding a Number From the Soldiers of the Tunisian Army”

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: al-Qā’idah in the Islamic Maghrib — “Destroying Armored Personnel and Killing and Wounding a Number From the Soldiers of the Tunisian Army”

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New statement from Students of Scholarly Learning: “On the Subject of Mergers”

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Students of Scholarly Learning — “On the Subject of Mergers”

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New statement from Katībat ‘Uqbah Ibn Nāfi’: “Details About the Ambush at Mount Samāmah”

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Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Katībat ‘Uqbah Ibn Nāfi’ — “Details About the Ambush at Mount Samāmah”

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The Islamic State releases a copy of Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Abā Baṭīn: “Victory for the Party of God the Monotheists and the Reply to the Polemicists About the Polytheists”

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Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Abā Baṭīn — “Victory for the Party of God the Monotheists and the Reply to the Polemicists About the Polytheists”

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