The Abu Salim Martyrs' Brigade was among the first and boldest to take up arms in the revolution that toppled Gaddafi, and are credited with restoring order in the absence of a police force after the collapse of Gaddafi's state. They are also suspected in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in 2012 that killed the ambasador and three other Americans. They have also antagonized residents and clashed, sometimes violently, with powerful local tribes.In Derna (Darnah), armed groups like the Ansar al-Shari’a (separate from the group in Benghazi) and the Abu Salim Martyrs’ Brigade were commandeered by former veterans of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). As the de facto enforcers of social order, they began a campaign to implement draconian mores, shutting down beauty parlours and overtaking radio stations. As 2012 progressed, there were disturbing signs of more nefarious activity—the assassination of Qadhafi-era officials and arms and narcotics smuggling. The Abu Slim…
Abu Slim Martyrs Brigade
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