Top commander of Ansar al-Sharia radical group killed in Libya

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ARA News

QAIMISHLI – Subsequent to fierce clashes with the Libyan army forces in the city of Benghazi, a top commander of the extremist group Ansar al-Sharia was killed, Libyan military sources reported on Monday.

“Sheikh Mansour Juma Shalali (aka Haroun) was martyred on Sunday during battles with Apostate army,” the group said in a statement, describing the victim as “Mujahid” (stands for Jihadist).

Speaking to ARA News, Egyptian analyst Angie Ali had said that the jihadist extremism does not have a social incubator in Libya, “thus the extremists will not be able to continue for a long time in this country”.

“If the Libyan national dialogue succeeds, they (extremists) will have to flee abroad immediately,” she argued.

“All Libyans belong to the Sunni Muslims of the Maliki school, but if the extremist groups were able to formulate some sleeper cells in cities such as Derna and Sirte, this will be primarily related to the absence of a strong central state,” she added. 

The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) has been in control of some parts of Libya, including the port city of Sirte. The group has been engaged in battles with other Libyan factions for several months.

The Ansar al-Sharia confirmed earlier that it is not linked to the so-called National Salvation government, which is accused of apostasy by extremists.

The internationally recognized Libyan army ــheaded by the interim governmentــ has been conducting military operations to eradicate extremist groups in the city of Benghazi, including Ansar al-Sharia and ISIS, which are in control of parts of the city. 

Ansar al-Sharia is a Salafist Islamist militia group that advocates the implementation of strict Sharia law across Libya. The group was established in 2011, during the Libyan War.

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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