The al-Qaqa brigade was formed by a group of Libyans from the west of the country who trained in the Zintan area during the 2011 conflict. It is commanded by Othman Mlekta and Uthman Mulayqithah, who defected from Gaddafi's regime after the 17 February 2011 revolt. It is considered one of the most powerful Islamist brigades in Libya with antagonism by al-Qaqa fighters towards Shi'a Muslims. Although the brigade was tasked with providing law and order and protecting senior officials and government ministers, there are indications of persistent tensions with the Libyan Government. Brigade members have reportedly been on the run from government-backed forces for its involvement in the kidnapping of GNC representatives, arms smuggling, narcotics dealing, and general attacks against rivals.Centre of OperationsThe al-Qaqa brigade is present within two areas in Libya, namely Zintan and Tripoli.StrengthThe al-Qaqa brigade's strength is estimated at 18 000 fighters that are well…
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