Misrata ambush

On 27 April 2016, Islamic State in Libya ambushed a convoy consisting of an undisclosed number of Libyan GNA as well as foreign troops. A multi-national force of Britain's Special Boat Service personnel, Italian Marines from the San Marco Marine Brigade, and local soldiers loyal to the recognized Libyan Government of National Accord were travelling from the northwestern Libyan city of Misrata towards the city of Sirte when it was hit.[2] The ambush continued until "Italian and French warplanes and attack helicopters intrevend" according to several intelligence websites.

Misrata ambush (2016)
Part of the Battle of Sirte (2016) and the Libyan Civil War (2014–present)
Date27 April 2016
Result IS victory

Government of National Accord (GNA)
Supported by:

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Units involved

Libya Local GNA soldiers[1]
Royal Marines

Italian Marines

Military of ISIL[1]
Casualties and losses
Several captured or killed Several suicide bombers[1]
Several Italian Marines killed in action or wounded. No British casualties.[1]

Unconfirmed reports indicated that the convoy suffered casualties including several GNA soldiers captured or killed, and several Italian marines killed or wounded.


  1. ^ a b c d e f ISIS fighters 'ambush British special forces in gun and bomb attack during operation in Libya'
  2. ^ "Italian-British force ambushed by IS in Libya". www.debka.com. Retrieved 2016-05-02.