Libya’s Qaeda vows to fight Islamic State group amid rifts

Militants of al-Qaeda in Libyan desert. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – Al-Qaeda branch in Libya declared war on the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants in Libya, military sources said on Thursday.

Libya’s Qaeda branch accused in a statement the IS group of tyranny over other jihadist organization, describing IS militants as the ones who “departed from the law of Allah” by fighting the Muslims in the region.

A senior member of al-Qaeda in Libya was shot dead by IS militants last week, which caused clashes between the rival jihadist groups that left 11 people dead on both sides. 

The ensuing clashes killed at least nine IS militants and two from the Shura Council of Libya’s Qaeda, including Salem Derbi, the commander of al-Qaeda-affiliated Abu Salem Brigade.

“The lies of al-Baghdadi’s caliphate and his supporters have been disclosed,” Qaeda leadership in Libya said in a statement on Thursday.

“At a time when all nations are fighting ISIS militants, we warn them to come back to the right path,” the statement added. “Otherwise, we will fight them everywhere.” 



Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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