After two-year disappearance, Ansar al-Sharia terrorist appears among GNA militias in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – A member of Ansar al-Sharia terrorist group has appeared in Tripoli fighting among the ranks of militias of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

Adel Al-Rubaie is accused of carrying out assassinations in Benghazi. He disappeared two years ago after rumors surfaced that he got killed in Souk El Hout area in Benghazi. However, Al-Rubaie managed to get out of Benghazi and travel to Misurata after his left hand was injured in 2017.

Media sources confirmed that Al-Rubaie is now fighting under leadership of the internationally-sanctioned warlord Salah Badi.

Following the launch of the Libya National Army’s military operation in Benghazi in 2014, Al-Rubaie joined the so-called Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries; a militia alliance which included Ansar al-Sharia.

During 2015 and 2016, Al-Rubaie appeared in many videos on social media threatening to kill supporters of LNA.

Since the launch of LNA’s military operation in Tripoli in April, many terrorists and militants that were driven out from east of the country have joined forces with GNA.

The New York Times reported last month that among those fighting LNA in Tripoli are “a group closely tied to a militia sanctioned as a terrorist organization by the United States and the United Nations; an extremist warlord sanctioned for undermining Libya’s stability; and other militia leaders sanctioned for migrant trafficking.”


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