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Sources said that Ansar al Sharia's leader for Benghazi, Mohammed al Zahawi, was wounded or killed in recent clashes at Benina Airport and has been taken to a Sirte hospital. The Islamic State is reportedly planning to start broadcasting from a TV station based in Sirte. Suspected Islamist gunmen vandalized a historic Sufi madrassa in Tripoli. The UN said 100,000 people have been displaced in recent weeks due to fighting near Tripoli.

Libya clashes drive 287,000 people from homes: UN

Ansar al Sharia video features jihadist once thought to be US ally in Benghazi

A new video posted by Ansar al Sharia Libya features Wissam Bin Hamid. American officials once considered Bin Hamid an ally in Benghazi, but he stood idly by as the US Mission and Annex were overrun on the night of Sept. 11, 2012.

Mohammed Al Zahawi, the commander of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi, claimed that the city will soon be completely under the control of the Benghazi Revolutionaries' Shoura Council. An explosion outside a Benghazi hotel killed a man and wounded two others. Pro-government Zintani forces accused Libya Dawn of bombing a key bridge between Jebel Nafusa and Aziziya.

Operation Dignity bombed and sank a ship that was attempting to enter the port of Benghazi, after repeated previous warnings that any ship attempting to resupply the Benghazi Revolutionaries' Shoura Council would be bombed. Suspected extremists gunned down a popular radio DJ in Benghazi; it is the sixth assassination in the city in the past two days. The Islamic State recently announced the deaths of three Libyans killed in Syria while fighting for the terrorist organization.

The Shoura Council of Islamic Youth, a Derna-based Islamist group, declared its support for the Islamic State and its allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi as caliph. In fighting over the past two days, 14 soldiers from Operation Dignity were killed and over 50 wounded trying to repel the advance of Ansar al Sharia on Benina Airbase in Benghazi. A senior foreign ministry officer was assassinated in Benghazi; not one person has been arrested for any of the over 100 murders that have been carried out in Benghazi over the past year or more. Benghazi's Jalal Hospital closed after clashes between Ansar al Sharia and local residents trying to evict the group. A British teacher kidnapped in Benghazi and held hostage for four months by the "Army of Islam" was released.

French troops edge closer to Libya border to cut off Islamists

Libya Islamists reject dialogue

Jihadists launch multiple suicide bombings in Libya

The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, an umbrella group that includes the al Qaeda-affiliated Ansar al Sharia, has launched a coordinated attack on forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar.

A double suicide car bombing attack on Saiqa special forces and Operation Dignity troops at Benghazi's Benina airbase has killed at least 12 people and wounded 60. Islamists also killed four troops in a separate clash in the city. The Rafallah Al-Sahati Brigade, which is part of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shoura Council and closely linked to Ansar al Sharia, has indicated support for the Benina attack. Grand Mufti Ghariani urged Islamist forces in Benghazi and Sebha to crush "outlaws" with "an iron fist." Murders continued in Benghazi. Militants in Ajdabiya released 30 Egyptian truckers who had been held hostage while their captors demanded the release of three Libyans jailed in Egypt for weapons smuggling.

A man was killed and three people were wounded in clashes that erupted after Benghazi residents attacked an Ansar al Sharia checkpoint. At least 13 people have been killed in three days of clashes between the Awlad Suleiman and Qaddadfa tribes in Sebha. Fighting in Derna between militants from the Ansar al Sharia-linked Abu Slim Martyrs Brigade and the Islamic State-linked Council of Islamic Youth killed 12 people last week; unknown assailants also killed a female security officer in the city.

At least five people were killed in clashes between the Islamist Libya Dawn forces and the Libyan national army in Tripoli. A retired security officer was murdered in Benghazi, where 30 people were assassinated last week. An Operation Dignity commander said the Islamic State is controlling Ansar al Sharia, the Revolutionary Council in Benghazi, and the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, and accused Tripoli's mayor of bringing in foreign fighters with the help of Turkey, Qatar, and Sudan; the commander alleged that convoys of fighters from Yemen are coming into the Libya via Sudan. A prominent writer who had been kidnapped by Islamists was released. Militants in Ajdabiya are holding 30 Egyptian drivers and their trucks hostage, demanding the release of a Libyan on trial in Egypt for smuggling weapons between Egypt and Libya. Grand Mufti Ghariani ordered an end to the UN-sponsored dialogue between the Parliament and the rival Islamist government headed by Omar al Hassi.

The Costly Neglect of Libya

Libya: Send us more arms or face wider terrorism threat

Sources: Libya asks chemical weapons watchdog to remove stockpile

State Department designations target al Qaeda's international network

Four of the al Qaeda operatives designated by the State Department have supported the jihad in Syria. One of them may be tied to a key leader in the so-called "Khorasan Group," which was planning attacks in the West. A fifth al Qaeda veteran designated today was sent to Libya by Ayman al Zawahiri in 2011.

Militants in Benghazi have conducted a number of assassinations over the past few days, killing eight people yesterday alone, and kidnapping a Ukrainian anaesthetist and his wife. Fighting between rival Islamist groups in Derna killed six people. The property of the new Interior Minister was torched in Tripoli and Misrata. The rival government headed by Omer Al Hassi appointed 10 ministers. Operation Dignity carried out airstrikes on the port in Benghazi used by Majlis al-Shura, the name for the group of Islamist forces in the city.

An angry crowd shot and killed an Ansar al Sharia gunman who had assassinated an army colonel in Benghazi. A prominent Benghazi blogger was killed on Sept. 20. The Libyan Judges' Association denounced the recent spike in Benghazi murders. Libya Dawn forces attacked Zahra Hospital. The rival Hassi government seized the Oil Ministry. A small bomb damaged a car near the Constitutional Drafting Committee in Beida. Prime Minister al Thinni's Cabinet was approved.

Egypt's border with Libya and Sudan ripe for Islamic State expansion

Report: Qatar arming Islamist extremists