Libyan army force to battle heavily armed Islamic militias using “scraps”
by Lesley Whiting
It is now recognized as an uncontested fact, that the tiny, but wealthiest state in the world, Qatar, was a major source of weapons and funding that enabled the so-called “rebels”, to overthrow the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, in tandem with the firepower of the NATO countries who participated in the bombing and destruction of the thriving and prosperous state of Libya. Qatar, with the help of Turkey, is a prime sponsor of the Islamic extremist groups which now control Tripoli and Misurata under the collective name of “Libyan Dawn” as well as other violent jihadi groups such as ISIS, ISIL across the entire region.
Following this particular money trail, the extraordinarily sudden rise of the super-rich, highly trained ISIS, flaunting their arrays of brand new armoured vehicles, sophisticated weaponry, immaculate flags and jihadi uniforms, should come as no surprise! Moreover, they command formidable high-tech media capabilities, with which they apparently intend to “shock and awe” the public, via throat slitting, head chopping and other gory displays of bloodletting, into passive acceptance of their omnipotence and omniscience.
Not content with having brought to ruin of the formerly prosperous Libyan State, shipments of supplies, manpower and sophisticated weaponry continue to arrive in Misurata and Tripoli via regular flights or aboard “cargo” ships, from either Qatar or their partner state Turkey. In recent incidents, the Libyan forces have fired upon such vessels approaching Islamist controlled ports, that have ignored all warnings from legitimate authorities.
No longer a “conspiracy”, even the mainstream British conservative Daily Telegraph points out tersely:
“So it is that Qatar buys up London property while working against British interests in Libya and arming friends of the jihadists who tried to kill one of our ambassadors (referring to Dominic Asquith). A state that partly owns Hyde Park, London’s most expensive apartment block, and the Shard, the city’s tallest building, is working with people who would gladly destroy Western society”.
Such concerns apparently fall on deaf ears. The article continues:
“It’s deeply concerning that these individuals, where sufficient evidence is in place to justify their inclusion on the US sanctions list, continue to be free to undertake their business dealings,” said Stephen Barclay, the Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire.
Qatar’s investment in Britain is so extensive, and the Foreign Office is so anxious to win its favour, that some question whether UK diplomats will have the resolve to ask robust questions. “If diplomats are focused on winning commercial contracts, there is a danger they will be reluctant to ask tough questions on the funding of unsavoury groups,” said Mr Barclay. (Daily telegraph Link below)
No one can deny that the vast natural gas and oil reserves upon which Qatar sits, enable it to wield huge influence in Europe. Moreover their plans to construct an oil pipeline to supply Europe, via Turkey, (in direct competition with the proposed Iraq-Iran-Syria pipeline, and the Russian Nabucco pipeline) happens to go straight through Syria; a proposal that Syria had rejected.
“The key to Qatar’s power and political strategies, but also its vulnerability, lies in its abundance of natural gas. It has almost 14 percent of total world gas reserves, but most of it comes from a field that it shares with Iran. Regional experts say that Qatar’s principal security concern is that Iran may one day try to exert full control over the field.” (NY Times Link below)
Qatar is also home to a strategically important US military base. Thus, joining the dots, it would appear that a kind of balancing act is underway, both in engaging and co-operating with the US imperial plans to their mutual benefit, while keeping at bay any possible Iranian plans for extending its reach.
In Libya today, we discover a scenario where the Libyan army, still under the arms embargo imposed by the UN “in case weapons fall into the wrong hands”, is forced to defend its country against these heavily armed and trained mercenary fighters using scraps – working parts and weapons salvaged from destroyed military vehicles.