Fall of Nofaliya (2015)

The Fall of Nofaliya refers to the takeover of the town of Nofaliya in Sirte District, Libya by the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in February 2015.

Fall of Nofaliya
Part of the Second Libyan Civil War
Date8–9 February 2015
(1 day)

ISIL victory

  • ISIL takes over Nofaliya and claim a "Emirate of nofaliya"
  • ISIL appoints Ali Al-Qarqaa as emir of Nofaliya
  • ISIL advances into Sirte and takes over government buildings
  • ISIL also established control on outskirts of Nofaliya town.
  • ISIL also take all roads leading to Nofaliya.
New General National Congress

 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Commanders and leaders
Mohamed Obaid (Head of police)

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Caliph of ISIL)

Abu Nabil al-Anbari (ISIL commander of North Africa)
Ali Al-Qarqaa (ISIL Emir of Nofaliya)
20–50 local policemen

200–500 fighters

40 vehicles[2]
Casualties and losses
20+ policeman fled unknown


On 8 February 2015, a convoy of 40 heavily armed 4WD vehicles drove 140 km from Sirte, where ISIL has a significant presence, into the town of Nofaliya.[3] Some vehicles displayed the flag of ISIL, and the convoy reportedly included many foreign fighters.[4] Upon their arrival, the fighters ordered Nofaliya's residents to "repent" and pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The fighters appointed Ali Al-Qarqaa as emir of the town.[5]

A day after Nofaliya was taken over, ISIL reinforced the entrances into the town to prevent sunrise attacks. A video of the takeover was also posted on the social media.[6]

According to Libya Herald, with Nofaliya under its control, ISIL would be able to control the Libyan Coastal Highway. As 16 February 2015, ISIL also controls the city of Derna, Sirte, and has a presence in Tripoli and Sabratha.

Nofaliya was retaken by New General National Congress forces on 19 March 2015.[7]

However, after GNC retook Nofaliya, they withdrew from Nofaliya and bin Jawad on 20 March because of ISIL's offensive. They withdrew from there after only two days.[8] ISIL is setting up checkpoints after they retook the city from GNC on 28 March.[9] On 30 March, Al-Monitor reported that Nofaliya, Sirte, and Derna were still under the control of ISIL.[10]

Nofaliya was captured by pro-government forces on 31 May 2016.[11]

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