Eye On Jihadis in Libya Weekly Update: January 29

On 27 January, a Tunisian government delegation travelled to the Libyan Red Crescent branch in Misrata to complete repatriation procedures for children whose Tunisian parents fought for IS in Sirte. The children have been housed in the Care and Custody unit of the Misrata Red Crescent branch since December 2016.

Other Jihadi Actors

On 27 January, the Libyan National Army (LNA) claim to have killed al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM) field commander Adel Ahmad al-Abdali (aka Abu Az-Zubeir al-Libi) during a raid by Deterrence Forces on suspected terrorists in the Hijarah area of Sebha. In the assault, a suspect detonated a suicide explosive device. Al-Abdali has been linked to the Syrian jihadi group Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra.

On 24 January, Anti-Terror Forces in Misrata arrested a terror suspect, Ali Amin, between Wadi Ka’am and Zliten. Amin is believed to have been involved in the murder of Aqeed Naji Awami and is thought to have participated in operations in Derna and Benghazi.

On 27 January, the Criminal Investigation Agency of Misrata arrested terror suspect, Zakaria Saleh al-Sheikh, in Misrata in the Jebel al-Gharbi District. Al-Sheikh had recently escaped from Derna.

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