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21 April 2011 @ 12:10 pm
Libyagate: UK military and financial support for violent sharia islamification  
The situation, a background is provided up to 2010 in this CSIS document: The Dynamics of North African Terrorism
Key Points
-Maghreb governments must lead the fight against extremism and terrorism, as any overt U.S. actions will likely exacerbate the problem.
-The fight against terrorism and extremism must also address economic development, by promoting jobs, education, economic growth, trade ties, and greater regional economic integration.
-Political divisions and the ongoing Western Sahara conflict limit regional cooperation.
-Al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has essentially remained an Algerian organization. At the same time, it has pushed south into sub-Saharan states such as Mauritania, Niger, and Mali.
-AQIM engages in drug trafficking and kidnapping to support its operations and is now a hybrid terrorist-criminal organization. Personal relationships are developing between North African terrorist groups and international drug cartels, which can evolve into strategic alliances in the future.
-Most Maghreb countries continue to focus their efforts on countering the spread of extremist ideology by controlling religious discourse and education, rather than reforming violent extremists.
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Conclusion
Terrorism remains a defining problem for the Maghreb. While significant progress has been made, the threat of AQIM continues to challenge North African governments. The region still provides a source of recruits, logistics, and financing for terrorist operations, both locally and globally. The United States remains actively involved in combating these challenges. According to Ambassador Godec, “the United States has wide-ranging and important ties to the Maghreb. And the administration of President Obama intends to remain engaged. We are actively looking for opportunities to cooperate with our partners in the Maghreb to advance our common interests.”
Beyond bilateral counterterrorism cooperation with the United States and multilateral efforts, some regional governments are pursuing a wider range of counter-radicalization strategies, aimed at preventing the spread of extremist ideology. Those efforts are important and should be expanded. Yet, they must also address the root problems of extremism, including economic development, job creation, and giving marginalized communities a stake in their societies.
For the last decade, counterterrorism formed the foundation of growing U.S.-Maghreb cooperation. But the future looks more complex. Looking forward, Ambassador Sanderson noted that “we will only be successful in the Maghreb if we build a network of relationships that spans all of our interests, including counterterrorism.” Designing such a comprehensive strategy provides both challenges and opportunities. But only by embarking on such a project will the United States and the Maghreb enter a new phase of cooperation and work together toward greater regional stability and security.

AQIM
Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (excepts from wiki) Sphere of influence before the insurgency included the south western quarter of Libya and adjoining countries. The group is believed to be allied with Al-Qaeda, and to have between 300 and 800 active fighters.
(In a separate wiki page here) The Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb, previously known as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat French: Groupe Salafiste pour la Prédication et le Combat, GSPC; also known as the Group for Call and Combat) is a radical Islamist militia which aims to overthrow the Algerian government and institute an Islamic state. To that end, it is currently engaged in an insurgent campaign.
The terrorist group Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb has voiced support for the demonstrators against the Tunisian and Algerian Governments, in a video released on January 13, 2011, which was reported by an American organization. Al Qaeda offered military aid and training to the demonstrators, calling them to overthrow "the corrupt, criminal and tyrannical" regime, calling for "retaliation" against the Tunisian government, and also calling for the overthrow of Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. AQIM leader Abu Musab Abdul Wadud starred in the video. He called for Islamic sharia law to be established in Tunisia. Al Qaeda has begun recruiting the anti government demonstrators, some of the Algeriain and Tunisian protestors have taken up arms before to battle American forces in Iraq and Israeli forces in Gaza.
The terrorist group Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb has voiced support for the demonstrators against the Tunisian and Algerian Governments, in a video released on January 13, 2011, which was reported by an American organization. Al Qaeda offered military aid and training to the demonstrators, calling them to overthrow "the corrupt, criminal and tyrannical" regime, calling for "retaliation" against the Tunisian government, and also calling for the overthrow of Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. AQIM leader Abu Musab Abdul Wadud starred in the video. He called for Islamic sharia law to be established in Tunisia. Al Qaeda has begun recruiting the anti government demonstrators, some of the Algeriain and Tunisian protestors have taken up arms before to battle American forces in Iraq and Israeli forces in Gaza.
[...] It is unclear the degree of the group's involvement in the 2011 uprisings in Libya. On February 16th, the day before violence broke out in Libya, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi released 110 Islamic militants who had tried to overthrow Libya's government in the 1990's to create an Islamic state. Most of these militants were from Libyan Islamic Fighting Group or the Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb. Several were previous prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. On February 24h, The Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) issued a statement on February 24, 2011 calling all Muslims to support the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi in order to install an Islamic regime. The following day Muammar Gaddafi blamed the Islamic Maghreb faction of Al-Qaeda for the revolt against his rule that began in February, 2011. It is not clear whether or not AQIM is actively operating as part of the movement of Libyan rebels, or whether they just are externally offering weapons and support. Al-Qaeda is suspected in the terrorist attack against the Libyan oil refinery pipeline which occurred during the midst of the unrest.
On March 21, 2011 AQIM released a video responding to the United States air strikes on Libya. The group's leader, Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, stated that it was America who convinced Muammar Gaddafi to give up Libyan oil and halt the production of nuclear weapons and thus American and Western coalition forces could not be trusted

The Islamic Republic of Libya? Frank Crimi
Taking advantage of the ongoing chaos in Libya, a large group of Islamist gunmen, believed to be members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), recently seized a weapons depot in the eastern Libyan port city of Derna. The incident underscores the increasing danger posed by militant Islamic terror groups to fill a potential power vacuum created by the disintegration of the Gadhafi regime.
Calling itself the “Islamist Emirate of Baraqa,” the group, assisted by Libyan Army Colonel Adnan al-Nwisri, seized over 250 weapons. The cache included a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, three anti-aircraft guns, 70 assault rifles, and over 70 military vehicles.
The gunmen also took both civilians and Libyan soldiers as hostages in the nearby port city of Al-Baida, threatening to kill them unless the siege of that city was lifted by Libyan security forces. The same group was also accused by Libyan officials of hanging two soldiers only days earlier.
While concerns abound that Islamic fascists will eventually take control of both Tunisia and Egypt in the aftermath of their revolutions, the chances of it first occurring in Libya may be much greater. Unlike those two countries, which have a semblance of military and civilian institutions to at least temporarily fill any power void, Libya has nothing comparable. According to one US intelligence analyst, “Everything is controlled by Qaddafi and his clique. The country could quickly become a failed state if it collapses.”
Complicating the issue is Libya’s complex tribal structure. These tribes have been played off each other by Gadhafi during his entire forty year reign, embroiling them in volatile rivalries. Fears exist that Libya could suffer the same fate as Somalia, where fighting between tribes and al Qaeda forces have plunged the nation into near anarchy.
In fact, the LIFG attack on Derna as well as the recent takeover of Libya’s second largest city Benghazi by Gadhafi opponents occurred in anti-Gadhafi tribal strongholds. According to a released wikileaks document: “Residents of eastern Libya in general, and Derna in particular, view the al-Qadhafa clan as uneducated, uncouth interlopers from an inconsequential part of the country who have stolen the right to rule in Libya.”
Now, added into the chaotic mix, is the added potency of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. Formed in the early 1990s, the LIFG has waged an intense and bitter fight against Gaddafi. Formed by Libyans who had fought against Soviet occupation forces in Afghanistan, the group is dedicated to two principle objectives: “To overthrow Qaddafi and to contribute to the international jihadist campaign.”
By November 2007 the LIFG had merged with al Qaeda. A statement by al Qaeda’s second in command, Ayman al Zawahri, read at the time: “Today, with grace from God, the Muslim nation witnesses a blessed step. Honorable members of the Fighting Islamic Group in Libya announce that they are joining the al Qaeda group to continue the march of their brothers.”
Yet in March 2010, after three years of secret talks between imprisoned leaders of the LIFG and Libyan security officials, Seif al-Islam, son of Gaddafi, announced the LIFG had rejected al Qaeda’s violent ideology and had produced an alliance with the Libyan government against al Qaeda.
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Now, as the Libyan regime disintegrates, the LIFG has gone back on the jihad, reportedly merging with Al Qaeda in North Africa (AQIM). AQIM, which evolved from the Algerian militant group Salafist Group for Preaching Combat (GSPC) has been responsible for over 800 terrorist attacks in the Sahel-Maghreb region of North Africa.
AQIM’s goal is the creation of an Islamist state that includes the North African nations of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya — as well as al-Andalus, the parts of the Iberian Peninsula governed by Muslims in medieval times. In addition to its merger with AQIM, LIFG, according to the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor, has reaffirmed its allegiance to al-Qaeda.
For Gadhafi, to find himself in the crosshairs of Islamic militants is a disturbing irony in that he was once himself a staunch promoter of worldwide Islamic revolution, evidenced by his creation of the Islamic Legion in 1972.
However, when he became the target of an assassination attempt by LIFG members in 1993, his Islamic revolutionary fervor was replaced by a greater concern over his own safety.
Gadhafi’s new commitment to his own security became clear after 9/11. For all his past anti-American, anti-Western terrorist actions, he soon found himself in alliance with the Bush administration’s War on Terror. In October 2002, Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abderrahman Chalgam even admitted that his government had closely consulted with the United States on counterterrorism. More telling, perhaps, was Gadhafi’s own website which posted “The phenomenon of terrorism is not a matter of concern to the U. S. alone. It is a concern for the whole world.”
For the Libyan people, their concern lies much closer to home. While they struggle to replace one tyrannical leader, an equal if not greater threat waits in the wings. The attack in Derna was just a reminder of its deadly presence. /continues

The CIA’s Libya Rebels
Webster Tarpley
our libyan allies against gaddafi… guess who? AQIM
[...] The specific institutional basis for the recruitment of guerrilla fighters in northeastern Libya is associated with an organization which previously called itself the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). During the course of 2007, the LIFG declared itself an official subsidiary of al Qaeda, later assuming the name of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). As a result of this 2007 merger, an increased number of guerrilla fighters arrived in Iraq from Libya. According to Felter and Fishman:
If the rebellion succeeds in toppling the Qaddafi regime it will have direct access to the tens of billions of dollars that Qaddafi is believed to have squirreled away in overseas accounts during his four-decade rule. [140 billion plus 120 to 150 tons gold]
Given the northeast Libyan mentality, we can imagine what such revenues might be used for. Al Qaeda is not a centralized organization, but rather a gaggle or congeries of fanatics, dupes, psychotics, misfits, double agents, provocateurs, mercenaries, and other elements. As noted, Al Qaeda was founded by the US and UK during the struggle against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Many of its leaders, such as the reputed second-in-command Ayman Zawahiri and the current rising star Anwar Awlaki, are evidently double agents of MI6 and/or the CIA. The basic belief structure of Al Qaeda is that all existing Arab and Moslem governments are illegitimate and should be destroyed, because they do not represent the caliphate which Al Qaeda asserts is described by the Koran. This means that the Al Qaeda ideology offers a ready and easy way for the US-UK secret intelligence agencies to attack and destabilize existing Arab and Muslim governments as part of the ceaseless need of imperialism and colonialism to loot and attack the developing nations. This is precisely what is happening in Libya today. Al Qaeda emerged from the cultural and political milieu of the Moslem Brotherhood or Ikhwan, itself a creation of British intelligence in Egypt in the late 1920s. The US and UK used the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood to oppose the successful anti-imperialist policies of Nasser, who scored immense victories for his country by nationalizing the Suez Canal and building the Aswan High Dam, without which modern Egypt would be simply unthinkable. The Muslim Brotherhood provided an active and capable fifth column of foreign agents against Nasser, in the same way that the official website of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is trumpeting its support for the rebellion against Colonel Qaddafi. /continues

The Coming Egyptian-Iranian Romance Frank Crimi
Egypt’s announcement that it is looking to re-establish full diplomatic ties with Iran is a troubling indication that its post-Mubarak foreign policy may be headed in a different and dangerous direction.
While full diplomatic relations between Egypt and Iran had broken off in 1979, the relationship between the two nations — long marked by mutual hostility and distrust — has actually grown even more contentious since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became Iran’s president in 2005.
Yet, this rift has now apparently diminished, as Egypt has begun to reevaluate its strategic priorities and diplomatic affiliations following the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. As Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil el-Arabi explained, “The Egyptian government doesn’t consider Iran to be an enemy state. We’re opening a new page with all countries, including Iran.”
A beneficiary of the 2011 Mideast rebellions, Iran has seen, among other things, the ouster of its longtime adversary Mubarak, its proxy Shiite organization Hezbollah take power in Lebanon, and its Sunni Persian Gulf foes face severe challenges to their rule. Moreover, the chaotic events of the past several months have taken Western focus off Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
So, not too surprisingly, the diplomatic rapprochement was warmly received in Tehran, evidenced by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi’s statement: “A good relationship between the two countries will definitely help stability, security and development in the region.”
For many, Egypt’s flirtation with Iran is precisely the type of scenario they feared Mubarak’s ouster would generate. In fact, some see it as its first step toward jettisoning the pro-Western foreign policy of the Mubarak regime, one that will plunge the entire region into a morass of instability and danger.
[...] Added to the blossoming Syrian comradeship is Egypt’s apparent softened approach to Hamas. Specifically, Egypt has reportedly begun a re-examination of its blockade of the Gaza Strip. Begun in 2007 after Hamas took control of Gaza, the blockade has been used to prevent, however unsuccessfully, Iran and Syria from arming Hamas and other Gaza-based terror groups. /full piece
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The alliance with islamic extremists who feel it no sin to lie and cheat infidels can only end badly. Face saving will create a divided Libya with an extremist led east Libya under sharia law and a Gaddafi led west Libya.
Gaddafi is feared and hated by the extremists. They cannot help themselves but do everything in their power to subjugate west Libya. The consequence will be an escalation of destabilisation throughout Africa with the extremist taking ground the US with its head up its butt thought secure.
Libya was a dam. Now the coalition is attempting to demolish the dam so opening up unbounded access to wealth to the terrorists and even throwing money, arms and training at them to enable the spread of al Qaeda's wet dream, an islamic Maghreb under sharia law.
Britain is being dramatically weakened by the conflict thanks to the Guinness Book of Records worthy incompetence and stupidity of the puppet government and its advisors. Say thanks to the Bilderberg group from the UK and Africa, later Egypt and then the whole Middle East.

Silver linings. The banksters will be shafted in each country that gets islamified (usury or charging of interest (riba) is forbidden under sharia).
The disintegration of the EU will accelerate as Libyagate explodes. Spain can expect to be a medium term target of the extremists after Libya falls.
Is there room in the Tower for Sarkozy and his advisor (wanna buy a bridge?) Bernard-Henri Lévy? Why Sarkozy Went to War "My philosopher made me do it!" (What is Britgov's excuse? "Mein fuhrer made me do it?")

Bonus links
On Libya, US Says Arming Rebels Is Legal, Deferred Answer on Visas of d'Escoto

World Bank Can't Deal With Libya Rebels, Says Danger Drives It Out of Yemen