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, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton negotiated a deal for the United States to provide support for 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