The Saraya Defend Benghazi is an Islamist Militia group formed in June 2016 to oppose Libyan National Army and Haftar forces in Benghazi. The group has a similar ideology with that of al Qaeda, with the majority of its fighters also aligned to the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries. The founding statement of the group, however, states that it is not aligned to any specific group in Libya. Alignments are fluid in Libya with short term cooperation between Islamist groups irrespective an al Qaeda or Islamic State association as seen in reports that the BSCR has cooperated with the Islamic State in Suq al-Hout.Operation Volcano RageThe self-styled Benghazi Defense Brigade (BDB) -- also known as Saraya Defend Benghazi -- began its march on Benghazi (named “Operation Volcano Rage) in late June by warning all residents of towns between Ajdabiya and Benghazi to stay out of their way or face destruction. Nonetheless, the BDB had difficulty getting past…
Saraya Defend Benghazi (BDB)
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