The Rafallah al-Sahati Brigade is an Islamist militia brigade in Benghazi with an estimated strength of 1 000 members and is active in eastern Libya and in Kufra. The brigade has been officially integrated into the Libyan Army and is considered to be one of the most powerful militias in Eastern Libya. Irrespective of attempts by the Libyan government to disband the Rafallah al-Sahati Brigade, it has maintained independence in executing operations in Benghazi. Since 2013, there has been a resurgence of the militia group, under the name Libyan Shield 3, in Benghazi and it has resumed law and order functions such as commanding checkpoints. According to a New York Times investigative report (December 29, 2013), Mohamed al-Gharabi warned the Benghazi diplomats of the rising threats to Americans from extremists and advised that the mission flee Benghazi. Within twelve hours the U.S. counsulate was attacked and Ambassador Christopher Stevens killed.Centre of OperationsThe brigade is…
Rafallah al-Sahati Brigade
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