Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) is a Libyan terror organization that was founded in 1995. It is connected with al-Qaeda. The goal of this organization is the imposition of Sharia law and killing non-Muslims. The biggest enemy of the LIFG was the former Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. The LIFG was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States government in 2005. In 2011, Barack Hussein Obama provided support to the Islamist rebels during the Libyan uprising.
LIFG was originally compromised of Libyans who fought in the Soviet-Afghan war (1980-88). LIFG is suspected to be one of the terrorist entities that provided materials for the May 2003 suicide bombings in Casablanca. In November 2007, al-Qaeda leaders released an audio recording officially declaring LIFG had joined with the al-Qaeda organization. The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group has ties to extremist groups in Egypt and Algeria.
- Terrorist Organization Profile: Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). start.umd.edu
- ‘White Out’ on Benghazi: State Dept. Issues Report, Clare Lopez, December 23, 2012. counterjihadreport.com