The 21st Century Phenomenon




The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) is an ephemeral Al Qaeda affiliated group that was formed in 1995, in Libya, by LibyanS who fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan. The organization is led, recently, by Abu Laith al-Libi. The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) wishes to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader.

In 2001, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group ( LIFG ) was added to a UN list of individuals and institutions “belonging to, or associated with, Al Qaeda”.

Members of The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) have clashed with government forces for years and several of its leaders have been arrested in Libya and abroad. Analysts say a hard core of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), based around Benghazi in eastern Libya, remains active thanks, partly, to the protection of tribal leaders. Group members have also been found among insurgents fighting U.S.-led forces in Iraq and some may have already joined the MAGHREB al-Qaeda in Algeria.

The title al-Liby – in Arabic – From Libya, suggests that Abu Laith al-Libi is operating outside Libya.

On 11/03/2007 As-Sahab, Al Qaeda’s media arm, posted in the web a 28 audio speech in which Al Qaeda acting leader, Ayman Al Zawahiri, presented Abu Laith al-Libi as the leader of the Libyan Al Qaeda’s wing and declared that the “Honourable members of the Fighting Islamic Group in Libya announce that they are joining the Al Qaeda group to continue the march of their brothers”. Ayman Al Zawahiri also urged Mujahidin (Holly Warriors) in North Africa to topple the leaders of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco and members of the Palestinian Fatah to abandon the Fatah secular line and join Islamic-led fighters, in an apparent reference to Hamas and the PALESTINIAN Islamic Jihad.

Abu Laith al-Libi, who spoke after Ayman Al Zawahiri, added “We announce we are joining Al Qaeda as loyal soldiers”. 

Summary ; 

The Libyan Islamic Group (LIFG)  was always, practically, affiliated to Al Qaeda and did not operate under the umbrella of the, newly formed, MAGHRAB Al-Qaeda. There is nothing new in the announcement but an opportunity to resemble that Al Qaeda is on the move. 


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