Eye On Jihadis in Libya Weekly Update: January 1

On 27 December, IS’s al-Naba newsletter no. 162 outlined details of the group’s attack on Libya’s Foreign Ministry in Tripoli on 25 December that left three dead and twenty-one injured. The group claimed to have inflicted 31 casualties and vowed to extract revenge on those who fought against IS in Sirte.

On 23 December, thirty-four bodies of Ethiopian Christian nations killed by IS in 2016 were discovered in Sirte.

Other Jihadi Actors

On 24 December, the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) 73 Brigade clashed with Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) forces in Wadi Dinar, southeast of Bani Walid. Details of causalities remain unknown at this time. However, the Municipal Council of Bani Walid has denied the presence of BDB forces in the area.

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