Tunisia Attack Has Roots in NATO’s Destabilization of Libya
by Paul Joseph Watson
Group likely to be behind siege was hired by U.S. State Department to defend Benghazi consulate.
The attack on a museum in the capital of Tunisia has its roots in NATO’s destabilization of neighboring Libya, during which terrorists affiliated with Al-Qaeda were armed and funded in the effort to topple Colonel Gaddafi.
“Nineteen people, including 17 foreign tourists, have been killed after gunmen targeted a museum in the Tunisian capital, the Prime Minister says,” reports BBC News. “Italian, Spanish, Polish and German citizens were among those killed, as well as a Tunisian and a police officer, PM Habib Essid said.”
Early indications suggest that the attack is probably the work of Ansar al Sharia, a militant terror group associated with Al-Qaeda that was also blamed for the 2012 Benghazi attack.
Ansar al Sharia came to prominence during the Libyan illegal war during which NATO countries including the United States and the United Kingdom supported violent jihadist groups allied with Al-Qaeda.
The group is composed of fighters belonging to the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, which was hired by the U.S. State Department to “defend” the Benghazi Mission months before the attack.
Ansar al Sharia seized power and territory in Libya with the direct aid of U.S. and British support for jihadist groups in Libya in the form of cruise missile attacks which preceded the demise of Gaddafi.
“According to a 2007 report by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center’s center, the Libyan city of Benghazi was one of Al Qaeda’s main headquarters – and bases for sending Al Qaeda fighters into Iraq – prior to the overthrow of Gaddafi,” reports Washington’s Blog.
These same terrorists flew the Al-Qaeda flag over courthouses in Benghazi, the same flag now being flown by ISIS, and imposed sharia law, while transforming Libya from a relatively prosperous and thriving nation, into a brutal hellhole run by militia warlords and jihadists.
Another prominent militant supported by the US during the Libya uprising was LIFG commander Abdelhakim Belhadj, who is now leading ISIS forces in Tripoli.
Although Tunisia is perhaps the only ‘Arab Spring’ nation to have not gone into meltdown as a result of jihadists expanding their influence across the region, it is now being targeted by the same terrorists who came to prominence as a consequence of the west’s disastrous policy of toppling secular leaders by supporting radical Islamists in Libya and Syria.