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. On December 9, 2015 it was removed from the list of foreign terrorist organizations.
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.
Operation Zero Footprint
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. The group was lead by Ahmed Abu Khattala who also lead Ansar al-Sharia, the Muslim Brotherhood affiliate in Libya, groups Hillary Clinton euphemistically referred to a "rebels" or "opposition." Under a Presidential Finding for covert assistance ordered by President Barack Hussein Obama, weapons were shipped in and out of Libya with Khattala being the main contact in Libya.
The weapons shipments under instructions of the U.S. State Department and CIA used Qatar as the front or go-between to handle logistics. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the financier of the weapons.
- 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