Terrorists and Extremists Fight Under the Umbrella of the UN-Backed GNA – Al Marsad

SPECIAL REPORT: Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) military official, Khaled al-Sharif, posted an obituary on the death of al-Fitoury Nasr al-Dabbashi, a GNA combatant and a member of the Dabbashi family of the western city of Sabratha. Al-Fitoury al-Dabbashi was a militant wanted for terrorism, murder and kidnapping, yet was freely active with militias aligned to the Tripoli-based and UN-backed GNA.

[Libya, 10 September 2019] – On his official Facebook page, the senior LIFG leader, Khaled al-Sharif, posted his condolences to the Dabbashi family on the death of al-Fitoury Nasr al-Dabbashi, a militant fighting with the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) who was killed in Saturday’s skermishes south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

The LIFG terrorist senior leader wrote: “May God reward you and console you for the martyrdom of al-Fitoury Nasr al-Dabbashi, and the death of his uncle today, Mr. Mohammad al-Dabbashi. Our hearts and minds are with the families of the martyrs who fell today in the battles, and we ask God to grant us victory soon.”

The spokesperson of Salah Badi’s Al-Samoud Brigade mourns the death of Dabbashi and others.

In another post which coincided with the launch of Saturday’s attack by the Government of National Accord (GNA) armed militias, Sharif who also fled Tripoli and has been residing in Turkey since 2017, wrote: “O God, bestow your victory upon the troops of the Volcano of Anger, and keep them safe” and “bring defeat to the militias of Haftar and the terrorist organization of Operation Dignity,” as he put it.

It appeared in these blogs that he had settled his previous differences in Tripoli, including his disagreement with both the Special Deterrence Force (RADA) and the Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade (TRB). Al-Sharif previously accused the TRB of trespassing on the sanctity of his home and killing some of his loyalists in the famous standouts at the Hadhba prison.

Screenshots of posts by Khaled Sharif.

Mohammad al-Dabbashi, the uncle of the younger Dabbashi, was killed in a car accident east of the  western coastal city of al-Zawyia when he was driving to Tripoli on Saturday afternoon to collect the body of his extremist nephew from the morgue. Mohammad al-Dabbashi was previously responsible for the Sabratha Education Bureau.

Mohammed al-Dabbashi, (centre), the uncle of al-Fitouri al-Dabbashi.

In the same context, the LNA Sabratha Operations Room confirmed the death of al-Fitoury Nasr Imhemed al-Dabbashi, who was killed in the axis of Ain Zara. Al-Fitoury was born in 1988 and was a resident of the same city that he fled two years ago, then he was apprehended. Pro-GNA bloggers and social media accounts confirmed the news of his death. Al-Fitoury fought among the armed groups reporting to the Western Military Zone, specifically the Battalion of Sabratha’s Martyrs, which is designated as an extremist organization that fled to al-Zawyia.

Al-Dabbashi participated in the uprising against the former regime in February 2011 within the ranks of the Sabratha Revolutionaries Brigade. Later, he became entangled in illegal activities such as unauthorized arms and ammunition trade, fuel smuggling, human trafficking, as well as acts of abduction and extortion, according to the city’s security services.

According to the same sources, during 2013 al-Dabbashi was actively involved in bringing in extremist elements from Tunisia to Libya to join terrorist organizations in the country, especially the Islamic State in Libya (ISIL), and was described as having direct connection with ISIS mainstream terrorist organization. Al-Dabbashi also participated in the infamous Operation Dawn of Libya launched by the Islamists after their humiliating defeat in the 2014 elections. Al-Dabbash was noted also for his participation in the battles al-Watiya and Antinat Al-Yatim.

Al-Fitoury al-Dabbashi fought alongside Operation Dawn of Libya armed militias in 2014.

 

The Sabratha LNA Operation Room also confirmed that al-Dabbashi was bringing in terrorist militants along with his cousins who were also responsible for smuggling and kidnapping crimes committed in the city—specifically Abdullah al-Dabbashi who was killed in a special operation in the city suburbs that was executed by al-Orouba Battalion on 23 April 2017 in the Agar neighbourhood in the outskirts of the city.

Abdullah al-Dabbashi

Wissam al-Dabbashi, nicknamed al-Batsha, a cousin of al-Fitoury al-Dabbashi, is currently incarcerated with Muneer al-Dabbashi at a jailhouse run by RADA. Both were tasked with providing shelter to the extremist elements who were brought in from the neighbouring Tunisia.

The last photo of Dabbashi during his recent participation in the battle of Tripoli

It is worthy of mention that some pictures were circulated by a number of loyalists of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), who declared al-Fitouri as dead, but this time without the Afghan hat, which he was known for wearing, and is known to the Afghans as Pakol.

The Sabratha’s LNA Operations Room confirmed to Al Marsad that al-Dabbashi confronted the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces in the city, and that he was part of the group that engaged in September and October 2017 clashes where he was injured.

Major General Omar Abdul Jalil, Commander of Sabratha Operations Room

His name was mentioned in the wake of US air strikes against a suspected Islamic State training camp in western Libya on killing more than 40 people, which most likely included a militant connected to two deadly attacks last year in neighbouring Tunisia. The US raid targeted a house on 20 February 2016, inside which dozens of extremists were killed, mostly Tunisian nationals when the sleeper cells of the Islamic State terrorist organization moved to Ben Gerdan, where clashes took place between them and the Tunisian army forces, killing  many of the extremist militants.

The LNA Sabratha Operation Room also confirmed that several security and criminal cases were filed against al-Dabbashi which further indicate that he was a wanted element by the local security authorities and the authorities in Tripoli, and even some foreign security agencies interested in combating terrorism in Libya. Al-Dabbashi was reportedly involved in several murders and kidnappings, as well as planning for the abduction of two Serbian embassy staff members in Libya when their diplomatic convoy, including the Serbian Ambassador, came under fire in the coastal city of Sabratha. Serbia’s Foreign Ministry at that time named the kidnapped pair as Sladjana Stankovic, a female communications officer, and Jovica Stepic, a male driver. The two Serbians were being held by the Islamic State at the same militant training camp in northern Libya that was bombed by American warplanes.

Photos and bodies of the dead Serb diplomats in the case, which Special Deterrence Force then investigated and indicted Dabbashi and his companions.

Subsequently, al-Dabbashi returned to his mainstream ideology of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization and tried to participate in the Operation of Al Bunyan Al Marsous against ISIS in the city of Sirte in 2016, but he was not able to do so effectively for fear of being arrested by the Combating Terrorism Directorate in Misrata, or the Special Deterrence Force in Tripoli, or a foreign counter-terrorism agency that could be active during the operation.

Observers expressed their surprise to the fact that al-Dabbashi fought and was killed in the Ain Zara axis, where the Special Deterrence Force is currently active. It is also strange that he was fighting alongside the UN-backed government in spite of an arrest warrant issued by the Public Prosecution. The two sides—RADA and the wanted extremist—fought side by side under one umbrella: the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

The Government of National Accord’s Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha, had already sent a list of wanted persons to the Interpol for inclusion in the Red Notice which did not include the name of al-Fitoury al-Dabbashi, but included a number of his associates and relatives on the grounds that al-Fitoury was imprisoned at a detention facility at the Ruwaimi Prison in Ain Zara in preparation for his transfer to the RADA prison. Notwithstanding, it was found that al-Dabbashi had been released since May and engaged in fighting the Libyan National Army (LNA) before he was killed on Saturday.

© Al Marsad English (2019)