February 17th Martyrs Brigade

The February 17th Martyrs Brigade is an Islamist militia in Libya.[1]

February 17th Martyrs Brigade
Part ofShura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries
Battles and warsLibyan Civil War
2012 Benghazi attack
Post–civil war violence in Libya
Second Libyan Civil War


In 2015, the brigade consisted of 12 battalions and possessed a large collection of light and heavy weapons in addition to training facilities. Its membership was estimated at between 1,500 and 3,500.[2]


The February 17th Martyrs Brigade was called on for assistance by the US government during the 2012 Benghazi attack.[3]

In 2015, the brigade was considered to be the largest and best armed militia in eastern Libya. It was financed by the Libyan defense ministry. The group carried out "security and law and order" tasks in eastern Libya and Kufra in the south.[2]


  1. ^ Glenn, Cameron (2015-08-27). "Libya's Islamists: Who They Are - And What They Want". Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Archived from the original on 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  2. ^ a b "Guide to key Libyan militias". BBC News. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  3. ^ 13 Hours (book).