Spiritual Leader of Libya’s Biggest Jihadi Group Pledges Allegiance to ISIS

Ansar al-Sharia’s propaganda is also beginning to resemble that of ISIS. TWITTER / @MICHAELH992

Ansar al-Sharia, the top jihadi group in the civil war-torn country of Libya, has edged closer to pledging allegiance to ISIS after its spiritual leader and top judge, Abu Abdullah al-Libi, defected to the radical group, according to an audio message released by the terror group.

On Sunday, al-Libi – who was Ansar al-Sharia’s Shari’i (or judge) – confirmed his departure from the jihadi group when he tweeted a picture of a book entitled The Legal Validity of Pledging Allegiance to the Islamic State, along with the caption “Soon, God willing”.

In an audio message released on ISIS-controlled radio in the central Libyan city of Sirte last week, ISIS accepted al-Libi’s pledge of allegiance to the group’s caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi…

…Michael Horowitz, senior analyst at the geopolitical risk consultancy Max Security Solutions, predicts that, after al-Libi’s defection to ISIS, a pledge of allegiance from Ansar al-Sharia to ISIS is just months away, a move which would make ISIS the biggest jihadi group in the country…

…Last January, the United States designated the group as a terrorist organisation and has claimed that they were responsible for the deadly raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012, in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other American nationals were killed….

Yesterday brought this news: Ansar al Sharia Libya relaunches social media sites. A coincidence?