Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Libya's Ansar Al-Sharia group declares dissolution

Libya's Ansar Al-Sharia group declares dissolution

The group's leader, Mohammed al-Zahawi, was killed in 2014 during clashes with Libyan National Army forces, and the subsequent leadership crisis prompted many of Ansar al-Sharia members to defect to Daesh (ISIL/ISIS), further crippling the organization's manpower reserves.

The Libyan terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia, which is linked to Al-Qaeda has announced its "dissolution" in a communique published online.

Falling as a surprise on the Libyan current conflicting parties, the statement egged on Shura councils and other revolutionaries to be united in their fight in Benghazi and elsewhere, warning of ever being controlled by any western agenda.

The worldwide policy organization Counter Terrorism Project said Ansar al-Sharia had suffered a number of setbacks in recent years, including prominent defections to the so-called "Islamic State".

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Earlier this month, Haftar launched an offensive to oust jihadist fighters from two remaining strongholds in Benghazi, also in Libya's east and the fractured nation's second largest city.

Libya has been wracked by chaos since Gaddafi's ouster with rival armed groups and authorities vying for control of the oil-rich country.

Forces aligned with the Libyan National Army have skirmished since late a year ago with opponents aligned with a UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

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