Abu Salim Martyrs Brigade

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Abu Salim Martyrs Brigade
Participant in the Second Libyan Civil War
LeadersSalim Derby [1]
Area of operationsDerna
Part ofShura Council of Mujahideen in Derna
Opponent(s) ISIL
Libya Libyan National Army
Battles and war(s)Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

The Abu Salim Martyrs Brigade was an Islamist militia that advocated for the implementation of Sharia law within Derna, Libya. The group was known for enforcing strict social rules in the city.


The Abu Salim Martyrs Brigade was created by former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group member Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi.[2] Following the Libyan Civil War, the brigade was taken over by Salim Derby.[3]

In 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Libya took over much of Derna. Abu Salim and ISIL repeatedly clashed in the following months in disputes over power and resources.[1] Derby was killed in fighting with ISIL militants in June 2015.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Al-Qaida-linked militants attack IS affiliate in Libya". Associated Press. 10 June 2015. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ Abigail Hauslohner (March 30, 2012). "With Libya's Ascendant Islamists: 'Don't Get the Wrong Idea'". TIME.
  3. ^ Frederic Wehrey (September 30, 2012). "The Struggle for Security in Eastern Libya" (PDF). Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.