Ansar al-Sharia in Libya: An Enduring Threat

Gråtrud, Henrik
Skretting, Vidar Benjamin
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Gråtrud, Henrik; Skretting, Vidar Benjamin. Ansar al-Sharia in Libya: An Enduring Threat. Perspectives on Terrorism 2017 ;Volum 11.(1) s. 40-53
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Ansar al-Sharia in Libya (ASL) is one of the most powerful jihadi groups in Libya and it might, in fact, represent a more significant long-term threat than IS’ provinces in Libya. However, there are few recent studies of ASL, so exactly what kind of threat the group poses has not been adequately understood. After examining the group’s evolution, ideology, strategy and violent activities, we find that ASL is, and most likely will remain, more of a local and regional threat than a global one. The group still poses a significant threat to Western interests, as it has carried out attacks against Western targets in Libya, has close ties to al-Qaida, and operates training camps for international jihadis within its territory.
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