An al-Qaeda leader of Libyan origin, Abu Yahya al-Libi, released a statement backing the insurrection a week ago, while Yusuf Qaradawi, the Qatar-based, Muslim Brotherhood-linked theologian issued a fatwa authorising Col Gaddafi’s military entourage to assassinate him - writes Richard Spencer, highlighting how the “rebels” are in fact religious extremists hell bent on imposing sharia law in Libya. Link
The war on Libya is a CIA-MI6 assassination and coup attempt approved by the UN.
The target is Gaddafi, a figurehead that has no position in government or the Libyan forces and no authority beyond respect given to his advice. That is the extent of his involvement. He is a civilian. He is no threat to anyone except the globalists, Goldman Sachs (currently being prosecuted for fraud) and Sarkozy (allegedly a CIA asset) against whom the Libyans claim to have evidence of illegal financial dealings.
I've tried arguing LIFG and AQIM are present in the insurgency. That was a wrong approach and gave the apologists the opportunity to deny it. The correct way to present the backbone of the islamic insurgency is by describing them as present and former members of groups associated with al Qaeda and new members recruited from the same Libyan "hotbed" city, towns and areas by the same people that recruited fighters for the Iraq and Afghanistan opposition to US and UK occupation. A look at LIFG, AQIM and the source of their membership is revealing.
Note, I've seen the LIFG variosly retitled, e.g. as the Libyan or Islamic Combat Group. Names change, faces don't.
Most Libyans who went to war in Iraq were affiliated with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LFIG). According to another great research institution, the Jamestown Foundation, the LIFG allied itself to al-Qaeda in 2007, “but was defeated by Gaddafi’s forces and by 2009 was essentially out of combat…Therefore, it was not in a position to support the recent uprisings and did not inspire the current Libyan opposition, whose public posture is incompatible with al-Qaeda’s doctrine.” Washington Examiner
Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
LIFG was founded in 1995 by Libyans who had fought against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. It aims to establish an Islamic state in Libya and views the current regime as oppressive, corrupt and anti-Muslim, according to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. LIFG claimed responsibility for a failed assassination attempt against Gaddafi in February 1996, which was in part funded by MI6 according to David Shayler, and engaged Libyan security forces in armed clashes during the mid-to-late 1990s. They continue to target Libyan interests and may engage in sporadic clashes with Libyan security forces.
On October 10, 2005, the United Kingdom's Home Office banned LIFG and fourteen other militant groups from operating in the UK. Under the United Kingdom's Terrorism Act 2000, being a member of a LIFG is punishable with a 10-year prison term. The Financial Sanctions Unit of the Bank of England acting on behalf of HM Treasury issued the orders to freeze all their assets.
[...] Mohammed Benhammedi lived and worked in Liverpool at the time of the UN sanction against him. Sergey Zakurko, the father to his Lithuanian mistress was suspended from his job at the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) for fear that the link could pose a security threat.
One of al-Qaeda's most senior members, Atiyah Abdul-Rahman, is purportedly a member of LIFG as well.
The "Summary of Evidence" from Mohammed Fenaitel Mohamed Al Daihani's Combatant Status Review Tribunal. states: "The Sanabal Charitable Committee is considered a fund raising front for the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
[...] A broader problem is represented by the conduct of the future Libyan government dominated by the current rebel council with its large current majority of northeastern Islamists, or of a similar government of a future Cyrenaica rump state. To the extent that such regimes will have access to oil revenues, obvious problems of international security are posed. Gamage wonders:
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.
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.
Khalifa Hifter, CIA asset
On Saturday, McClatchy reported that Khalifa Hifter, a former Gaddafi military officer, was appointed to lead the rebel army supported by the United Nations, the United States and the Globalist Coalition.
Hifter spent two decades living in suburban Virginia “where he established a life but maintained ties to anti-Gaddafi groups,” writes Chris Adams for the newspaper. A friend told the journalist he “was unsure exactly what Hifter did to support himself, and that Hifter primarily focused on helping his large family.”
As it turns out, Mr. Hifter is a CIA operative, which likely explains his lengthy stay in Virginia. In 1996, the Washington Post reported that a Col. Haftar (a variation on Hifter) had arrived in the United States and he was “reported to be the leader of a contra-style group based in the U.S. called the Libyan National Army,” the Wisdom Fund noted at the time. “This group is supported by the U.S., and has been given training facilities in the U.S. It’s a good presumption that Col. Haftar’s group operates in Libya with the blessings of our government.”
In 2001, Le Monde diplomatique published a book entitled Manipulations africaines stating that Hifter, then a colonel in Gaddafi’s army, was captured while fighting in Chad in a Libyan-backed rebellion against the US-supported government of Hissène Habré. “He defected to the Libyan National Salvation Front (LNSF), the principal anti-Gaddafi group, which had the backing of the American CIA. He organized his own militia, which operated in Chad until Habré was overthrown by a French-supported rival, Idriss Déby, in 1990,” writes Patrick Martin.
Chad served as a base of operations to destabilize Libya, according to Paris-based African Confidential newsletter. It reported on January 5th, 1989, that “the US and Israel had set up a series of bases in Chad and other neighboring countries to train 2000 Libyan rebels captured by the Chad army,” writes author Peter Dale Scott.
Hakim al Hasadiah (al Hasidi)
Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links
Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
n an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited "around 25" men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are "today are on the front lines in Adjabiya".
Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters "are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists," but added that the "members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader".
His revelations came even as Idriss Deby Itno, Chad's president, said al-Qaeda had managed to pillage military arsenals in the Libyan rebel zone and acquired arms, "including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries".
Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought against "the foreign invasion" in Afghanistan, before being "captured in 2002 in Peshwar, in Pakistan". He was later handed over to the US, and then held in Libya before being released in 2008.
US and British government sources said Mr al-Hasidi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, which killed dozens of Libyan troops in guerrilla attacks around Derna and Benghazi in 1995 and 1996.
Libyan Rebel Abdel-Hakim Al-Hasidi Admits Links To CIA's Al Qaeda
The commander of anti Gaddafi rebels forces in Libya has admitted that among the ranks of those fighting against the government are militants who have fought and killed US troops in Iraq, otherwise known as “al Qaeda” fighters.
[...] In 2002 French intelligence experts revealed how western intelligence agencies bankrolled a Libyan Al-Qaeda cell controlled directly by Bin Laden to hatch a plot to kill Gaddafi that was foiled in March 1996 (Guardian link). The cell was led by Anas al-Liby, who was with Bin Laden in Sudan before Bin Laden returned to Afghanistan.
Indeed, it was Gaddafi’s Libya who put out the first Interpol warrant for Bin Laden’s arrest in 1998. Western intelligence agencies blocked the warrant from being pursued, and allowed Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda to go on and kill more than 200 people in the truck bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
The GIA was found to be involved in the Az Zawiyah atrocities following is a list of associated groups that make up the insurgency "flickers"
Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA)
[...] The GIA conducted a series of bombings in France from 1995 to 1996. Analysis of a bomb with a failed trigger mechanism made it possible to identify a conspirator, Khaled Kelkal, who was shot and killed by French gendarmes on September 29, 1995. In late 1999, several GIA members were convicted by a French court for the 1995 bombing campaign
GIA’s terrorist activities include:
hijacking an Air France flight in Algiers in December 1994 with the intention of crashing it over Paris; one passenger was executed by the GIA;
a series of bombings in France in 1995 which killed 10 people and injured more than 200 on subways in Paris, at outdoor markets, at a Jewish school, and against a high-speed train. Several GIA members were convicted in France for these crimes in late 1999;
kidnapping and assassinating 7 monks from the monastery of Tibehirine, Algeria, in 1996;
assassinating the Catholic Bishop of Oran, Algeria, a proponent of inter-faith dialogue, in 1996;
bombing a market place in Larbaa, Algeria, on 5 July 2002 (Algerian Independence Day) in which 35 people died;
massacres of entire villages and families between 1995 and the late 1990s, killing several hundred people.
In 1998, GIA split over the issue of attacking civilians. One of its commanders, Hassan Hattab, broke away to found the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC), listed as the Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QE.T.14.01). Many GIA members defected to this new group.
[Links to other orgs - Pak attack - newslink]
Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC - AQIM)
The Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) splinter faction that began in 1996 has eclipsed the GIA since approximately 1998, and currently is assessed to be the most effective remaining armed group inside Algeria. In contrast to the GIA, the GSPC has gained popular support through its pledge to avoid civilian attacks inside Algeria (although, in fact, civilians have been attacked). Its adherents abroad appear to have largely co-opted the external networks of the GIA, active particularly throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Tunisian Islamic Front
There are allegations that the FIT is working in conjunction with the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA), and that its members may be training in GIA camps. Several Tunisians were taken into custody in 1995 for alleged involvement with the GIA network in Europe. The FIT claimed responsibility for an attack in February against a Tunisian border post on the Tunisia-Algeria border in which seven border guards were killed, but some officials blame the GIA possibly in conjunction with the FIT for the attack. As of 31 December, there were no similar incidents.
Sarkozy, CIA asset
Operation Sarkozy : how the CIA placed one of its agents at the presidency of the French Republic
Some background on CIA asset Zawarhiri -
The Real Ayman al-Zawahiri
Head of Egyptian Islamic Jihad Ayman al Zawahiri, fought for the CIA in Bosnia
Zawarhiri has called on islamic extremists to fight with the US sponsored Libyan insurgency.
In a taped eulogy of Bin Laden released yesterday, al Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri characterized the fighting in Libya as part of the "struggle" against the United States.
WAYNE MADSEN REPORTING Sunday, June 5, 2011
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - Shortly after Libya's rebel Interim Transitional National Council (ITNC) seized control of Benghazi, the second-largest Libyan city, they discovered the two keys for the cash vaults of the Libyan Central Bank in the city. However, because of control mechanisms, the cash vault required a third key held at the Libyan Central Bank in Tripoli, the capital. The rebel movement brought in a professional safe cracker from the United Arab Emirates who successfully opened the cash vault safe. The rebels had their hands on $900 million in Libyan dinars and $500.5 million in U.S. dollars.
According to Central Bank officials in Tripoli, the rebels have now spent or siphoned to their offshore bank accounts the entire Benghazi Central Bank cash reserves. In addition, the rebel movement has squandered millions of euros provided by the European Union. The rebel's theft of money is so great, the U.S. Treasury has refused to provide frozen Libyan central government funds to the rebel movement.
In addition to the Libyan dinars stolen from the Benghazi Central Bank, NATO countries have printed their own Libyan dinars abroad and have made the cash available to the rebels.
Under Qaddafi's Libyan Oil Wealth program, every Libyan family received a monthly payment of 500 dinars, their share of Libya's oil revenues. With the rebels controlling the finances of eastern Libya, families in the east are no longer receiving the oil wealth-sharing payments and the looting of the Central Bank in Benghazi has resulted in no money for civil servants and pensioners.
Affront to globalists (Bilderberg groupies)
Prior to the NATO attack on Libya, Qaddafi was working with other African nations, including that of President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire, to establish an Africa-wide currency unit under the African Monetary Authority. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his French business friends saw Qaddafi's move as threatening the collapsing CFA franc, a neo-colonial contrivance used by France to maintain control over their former colonies in Africa. With Gbagbo ousted largely by French troops and Qaddafi under attack by French-and Israeli-backed rebels, Sarkozy and his banker and business friends feel that the CFA franc is safe and plans for the African currency unit are aborted.
One of NATO's first targets in Tripoli was the Office of Investigation of Corruption in Tripoli. Several of the Qaddafi ministers who defected to the rebels, including the former Justice, Interior, Planning and Economic Development, and Trade and Industry ministers, were being investigated for fraud by the Libyan government. The documents on corruption were backed up, however, and are now stored in a safe location.
The Libyan rebels, many of whom are Libyan mujaheddin Salafists from Afghanistan and Iraq, including many Libyans captured in Afghanistan and released from detention in Guantanamo, obtained brand new weapons not found in Libyan stockpiles at the outset of their rebellion. Other Salafists crossed into Libya from neighboring Darfur in Sudan.
Some of the Salafists are members of the Islamic Combatant Group while others have established the "Emirate of Derna" in the east that is under the control of a member of "Al Qaeda" named Sheikh Abdul-Hakim. The INTC has issued Hakim a false Libyan passport. The passport photo shows Hakim with a beard and the Qaddafi government prohibits passport photos showing beards.
Many of the Islamic mujaheddin groups began their campaign to topple Qaddafi on Facebook. In November 2010, a political officer for the US embassy in Tripoli was expelled for espionage. WMR has learned the diplomat was a CIA agent who was on a liaison mission with a Libyan rebel "sleeper cell" in Ifrane, about 100 miles southwest of Tripoli, when he was caught by Libyan security. The CIA's early involvement with the Libyan rebels, along with early support for the rebels by French and British intelligence, indicates that the Libyan rebellion was not based on events in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, but was designed to authorize the rebels to move when a favorable situation presented itself. The overthrow of the governments of Tunisia and Egypt provided just the right situation for the CIA and its French and British counterparts.
Many of the new weapons being used by the rebels are from the Belgian-based arms manufacturer Fabrique Nationale (FN), which has a CIA-connected subsidiary called FNH-USA. (VOD ed.: Click on http://www.fnhusa.com/mil/ to view "patriotic" video showing FNH-USA weapons with soldiers, courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Defense.) One FN rifle, the Fusil Automatique Léger (FAL), is the standard weapon being used by the rebels. The FAL, called the "Right Arm of the Free World" during the Cold War, only uses NATO standard rounds. The weapon was never used by the Libyan Army, which relied on Soviet weaponry. Claims by NATO that the rebels are using Libyan weapons captured from army arsenals and caches are, therefore, false.
Libyan rebels are also using U.S.-produced machine guns chambered for NATO rounds.
There are also reports that rebels have agreed to recognize Israel and allow Israel to maintain a 30-year lease for a military base in eastern Libya that would be used to check the Egyptian military should a future breakdown in Israeli-Egyptian relations occur.
[Subtitles and emphasis added]
MI6 'halted bid to arrest bin Laden'
British intelligence paid large sums of money to an al-Qaeda cell in Libya in a doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi in 1996 and thwarted early attempts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.
The latest claims of MI6 involvement with Libya's fearsome Islamic Fighting Group, which is connected to one of bin Laden's trusted lieutenants, will be embarrassing to the Government, which described similar claims by renegade MI5 officer David Shayler as 'pure fantasy'.
Libyan Moussa Koussa, the Libyan gov't head of intelligence "closely liased with MI6 and CIA"
The insurgency leaders claim to be fighting for democracy is a pretence to get the youth element on side and justify NATO coalition bombing. The people in the council are islamic, if they were moderate they would have supported the Libyan government and agitated for reform. If they were pro democracy they would have supported the Libyan government because compared to the western bank-controlled feudal regimes the Libyan system is much more democratic.
So we have Sarkozy linked to the CIA, the head of the insurgency linked to the CIA, a CIA-MI6 sponsored coup committee led by islamic fighting groups led by a defected Libyan general who formed the LIFG, who lived next door to Langley. The latest news is that the NATO chief has been replaced the CIA chief. We have al Zawahiri, alleged to be a CIA asset calling on islamic extremists to join the insurgency to battle the US and possibly the CIA's former twitter propaganda division now calling for extremists to support the insurgency as with al Zawahiri.
There may be no active terrorists in the council but if they are leading terrorists doesn't that make them terrorists by association?
The Libyan government has been accused of war crimes. The NTC has been accused of war crimes. The defectors from the Libyan gov't were present during the period of both alleged crimes. That means they will be indicted for both sets of crimes. Doesn't it?
[Associated reading - Is MI6 run by lunatics? Death in the Baltic: the MI6 connection]
Note to detectives. I can't find when Cameron worked for MI5 or MI6. Did he? If he didn't why is he PM? Obama was a CIA employee I believe.
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