Thomas Joscelyn testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. The hearing is titled, “Libya’s Terrorist Descent: Causes and Solutions.”
The Islamic State’s fighters have withdrawn from their positions on the outskirts of Derna, Libya. The so-called “caliphate” faced stiff opposition from pro-al Qaeda jihadist groups in the city.
The photographs show the fighters “graduating from the mujahideen training camps to join their brothers in the battlefronts in order to complete the journey of jihad.”
US commandos seized a renegade tanker off the coast of Cyprus that was loaded with stolen oil and are sailing it back to Libya. Ansar al Sharia Libya criticized the rebels’ takeover of Libyan oil ports as inviting foreign intervention.
The group, which was involved in the assassination of the US ambassador and three American in Benghazi last year, distributed sheep to honor the captured al Qaeda operative.
Additionally, the jihadist group praises Syria as “the land of jihad and epics, in particular, whose jihad is still continuing against all the forces of falsehood.”
Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said that a “number of different elements,” including some linked to al Qaeda, were involved.
The group claimed it “didn’t participate as a sole entity,” but instead the attack “was a spontaneous popular uprising.”