Al-Jam'a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
Homeland Security and Terrorism
October 6, 2014
Prior to September 11, 2001, the citizens of America were unaware of the number of terrorist groups in existence throughout the world. After September 11, the world learned that the belief that no other country could ever harm the citizens of the United States was erroneous. The aftermaths of the attack exposed the vulnerability of the United States for the world to see, thus, changing the American's perspective on terrorism.
Currently, the attacks and threats of terrorist groups such as ISIS are constantly being broadcast by the media around the world. At this moment, Britain is paying the price for joining the United States in a core coalition against ISIS (Brown, 2014). ISIS released a video of the beheading of British citizen aid worker, Alan Henning, which was displayed on the Internet for the world to see (Vinograd, C., & Helsel, P, 2014). This was done not only to send a message to Britain, but predominantly for ISIS to display the amount of power and authority that it currently holds over other countries.
The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, also known as the LIFG, once had the same power. The LIFG spread a reign of terror over Libya for over six years (Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, 2012). In essence, this research aims to provide a detailed account of how the LIFG was established: its objectives, structure, size, strength, base of operation, support networks, relationships to other terrorist groups, and their terroristic involvements.
The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, formerly known as the al- Jama’a al Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah, is a terrorist group that emerged during the mid-1990’s in the country of Libya. The LIFG was created “from a group of Libyans who had fought Soviet Forces in Afghanistan” (Office of the Coordinator for...