Aircraft of Eastern Libya’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) today bombed a barracks near Bani Walid occupied by the so-called ‘Benghazi Defence Brigades’ (BDB), an al-Qaeda linked jihadi group.
The barracks known as al-Sdadah was originally home to the ‘28-May Battalion’, an armed group formed in 2011 in Bani Walid as part of rebel forces.
The group’s commander, Ambarak al-Fotmani (aka Bin Laden), had two sons killed fighting for the Islamic State. Hassan was killed fighting alongside the Islamic State in Sirte and the second, known by the jihadi alias Qadhwar al-Libi, died fighting for the terror group in Syria.
In Late last year BDB elements were believed to have sought refuge in the barracks following their defeat to the LNA in al-Jufrah and a crackdown against its member in Misrata. Tribal fighters loyal to Ibrahim Jathran were also said to have joined them in the same barracks.
The BDB was behind a few attacks which failed in the last two years to reclaim Benghazi and the Oil Crescent region from the LNA. It was understood that the BDB and Jathran fighters were planning a fresh offensive against the Oil Crescent aimed to disrupt LNA preparations to attack the Mujahedeen Shura Council of Darnah.
Earlier this month, the United State Africa Command has told our website that it will expand its military actions in Libya to include strikes on al-Qaeda aligned groups. “ISIS and al-Qa’ida have taken advantage of under-governed spaces in Libya to establish sanctuaries for plotting, inspiring, and directing terror attacks; recruiting and facilitating the movement of foreign terrorist fighters; and raising and moving funds to support their operations.
These terrorists have used safe havens and freedom of movement in Libya to launch external terror attacks into neighboring countries. In 2013, al-Qa’ida in Libya conducted an attack against the In Amenas oil consortium in Algeria, killing three U.S. citizens. An al Qa’ida-affiliate was also responsible for the U.S. Consulate attack in September 2012 that killed our Ambassador and several others. Left unaddressed, violent extremist organizations like this could continue to inflict casualties on the local civilian population and security forces, and plot attacks against U.S. citizens and allied interests in the region,” Major Karl J. Wiest, the spokesman of Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart, has told this website earlier this month.