Beginning the Takedown: Five Libyan Names on the Terrorism List

Beginning the Takedown: Five Libyan Names on the Terrorism List

On Friday, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain listed 59 individuals and 12 entities linked to Qatar on its banned terrorist lists, including five Libyan nationals who, since the counter-revolution that destroyed Libya, continued to play suspicious roles in Libya and contributed to the continuation of chaos, promoting  the division of the country with Qatari support.

Ali Mohammed Mohammed Al-Salabi

Belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, a Salafist Libyan preacher, has a good relationship with the leaders of the Libyan Fighting Group, which contributed to the dialogue between the group and the Libyan state, ending in the release of members of the fighting group from Libyan prisons.

He has long lived in Qatar and holds dual nationality, and is a member of the Qatar-funded Union of Muslim Scholars.

Called Ali mamed mamed asalabi in Libya –  ” a man of Tamim in Libya” or “Al – Qaradawi to Libya,” he  was marketed by  Guenah aldzerh as the spiritual father of the Libyan counter- revolution. Defending its interests he often appeared on Al – Jazeera, sometimes as a sheikh, and sometimes a political analyst, sometimes as a military analyst.
Abdul Hakim Belhadj

He is described as a patron of Qatari interests in Libya. He is one of the most prominent leaders of groups indirectly associated with al-Qaeda , a former al-Qaeda terrorist and LIFG leader who took part in the war in Afghanistan.

The LIFG was founded in Libya in the 1990s, a jihadist organization formed by Libyan elements returning from fighting in Afghanistan.

He was arrested  Abd gam hadj in Malaysia in February 2004 by the passport and immigration office under the alias, Almkhabrat alomirkah , then deported to Bangkok for interrogation by the CIA, and then deported to Libya on March 8, 2004, where he was imprisoned in Abu Salim prison for six years, before his  released in March 2008.

After the counter-revolution that toppled Libya’s socialist government, Belhadj soon became a billionaire. He headed the Watan Party and assumed the role of commander of the military junta in Tripoli. He founded the Wings Aviation Company and owns several planes that provide dozens of flights daily between Tripoli and other countries.

After several countries cut ties with Qatar, Belhadj expressed his absolute sympathy with the State of Qatar, and expressed  his contempt for what he saw as an unfair attack on the  Libyan contras.
Mahdi Al-Harati

Is an Irishman of Libyan origin, commander of the Tripoli Brigade in Libya, a former assassin in Kosovo and  Iraq . He lived in Ireland for 20 years and came to Libya at the beginning of the 2011 counter-revolution. He led the Tripoli rebel battalion against the Libyan armed forces in 2011,  paving the way for the National Transitional Council to enter the city.

Mahdi al-Harati was the first to come to Syria to fight alongside the terrorist groups. He founded and led the militias of the Umma Brigade, which included Libyan and Syrian fighters.
Ismail Mohammed Al-Salabi

Commander of the February 17 battalion, he has deep ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and is one of the most dangerous terrorists in Libya. He was converted to takfiri ideology at an early age and fought in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Libya.

Ismail al-Masalabi is currently the commander of the “Benghazi defence brigades” which have also been included in the terrorist list. They are linked with al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda organisations  which fought the Libyan army in the Crescent region a few months ago.

Many call him “the bat of darkness” in Libya because of his secret meetings and movements with suspicious parties, and he was closely associated with Qatari intelligence chief Ghanem al-Kubaisi, who is considered the first man of Qatar in Libya and supported by money and weapons.

Sadiq Abdul Rahman Ali Ghariani

Nicknamed Libya’s “Mufti of Terrorism”, issued fatwas to incite fighting and bloodshed in Libya. Al-Qaeda has on several occasions valued his positions on events in Libya.

Judicial annexes by the Libyan House of Representatives, held him responsible for the murderous bloodbath in eastern Libya, and called on the Court of International Tribunals to investigate his involvement in war crimes.



Rival Militias Are Terrorists Belonging to the Presidential Council (GoA)

Rival Militias Are Terrorists Belonging to the Presidential Council (GoA)

Armed confrontations between the Baqarah and Da’a forces continued in Muaitika (Mitiga) of the Al-Wefaq government (Government of Accord) and the number of wounded and killed on both sides increases. Many of the abductees managed to escape and return to their homes.

It is noteworthy that the Government of Accord’s special deterrent force (Al Qaeda-LIFG) have been holding hundreds of citizens for years without presenting them to the Public Prosecution.

Many of the detainees were abducted by kidnappers for ransom. Criminal gangs have been bargaining with their families to obtain substantial sums of money in exchange for their release.

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A day of clashes between rival militias at Mitiga airbase and surrounding areas

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The destruction of an African Airlines plane at Mitiga

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Statement from Al Buraq Air:

Gentlemen travelers,

Al-Buraq flights are being stopped until further notice due to the recent clashes in the vicinity of Maitika airport, which resulted in the injury of two Boeing 737-500 / 800 aircraft belonging to Al-Buraq Airlines. The flights will resume based on an assessment of damage to aircraft, The company also transferred the aircraft to Tripoli International Airport for preliminary detection by the technical staff of the company, in preparation for transporting them outside Libya for maintenance.
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US Ally in Libya Joins ISIL and Leads Its Forces in the Country – Reports

US Ally in Libya Joins ISIL and Leads Its Forces in the Country – Reports

Abdelhakim Belhadj, who despite ties to al-Qaeda was backed by the United States and NATO during the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi, has joined the Islamic State in Libya and is leading forces there, according to US intelligence officials.

Belhadj, a Libyan national and former head of the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, was considered by President Barack Obama’s administration and some members of Congress as a “willing partner” in the overthrow of Gaddafi in 2011.

“Now, it’s alleged he is firmly aligned with ISIS and supports the training camps in eastern Libya,” Catherine Herridge, chief intelligence correspondent for Fox News, said Tuesday on “America’s Newsroom.”

Also on Tuesday, Sara Carter of The Blaze tweeted: “Abdelhakim Belhadj is now the leader of #IslamicState in #Libya. At CIA rendition camp — let go, later participated overthrow #Qaddafi.”
Belhadj indeed was held in a secret CIA detention center, and his connection to the spy agency remains murky. In 2004, Belhadj and his pregnant wife were arrested in Kuala-Lumpur airport in Malaysia. He was transferred to a CIA “black-site” in Bangkok before being turned over to Gadhafi’s government, which threw him in the Abu Selim Prison.

Belhadj was freed in 2008 by the Gadhafi regime as part of a reapproach toward local Islamists. In 2011, however, he chased the Gadhafi family out of Tripoli as the leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group that was backed by the US and NATO.
Despite Belhadj’s well-known ties to al-Qaeda, he was made head of the Tripoli Military Council, a position he held until resigning to run for office in May 2012.

He has also been connected to terrorist operations around the world, including the 2004 Madrid train bombings and the murder of two Tunisian politicians at behest of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Belhadj’s reported move to Islamic State would bolster the terrorist group’s efforts to recruit Libya’s existing militant forces, which includes as many as 3,000 fighters, according to the Washington Times.

A group of Syrian rebels supported by US politicians for their “moderate” position, and who received US military equipment, has disbanded after heavy losses.

America’s Favorite ‘Moderate’ Syrian Group Disbands
This would not be the first time western-backed “moderate rebels” who were recruited to fight terrorists ended up crossing to Islamic State or al-Qaeda. In Syria, the so-called “Hazm movement” defected to al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra front, while 3,000 members of the Free Syrian Army pledged support to Islamic State.

In Libya, Islamic State militants already are receiving “tangible assistance” from training camps at a new support base near the port city of Derna in the eastern part of the country, according to counter-terrorism sources who spoke with Fox News’ Herridge.

The situation raises fresh security concerns as the US and its allies struggle to keep tabs on the terror group as it expands throughout the Middle East.

An unnamed source told Herridge they would not be surprised “if the next 9/11 came out of Libya.”

“The ‘Arab Spring’ brought DAESH to Libya” ~ Interview with the Italian historian Paolo Sensini [ENG]

“The ‘Arab Spring’ brought DAESH to Libya” ~ Interview with the Italian historian Paolo Sensini [ENG]

Paolo Sensini, historian and author of an analysis of the 2011 war against Qaddafi, analyses the situation in Libya today and considers the roots of the crisis

Translation from the original by Alexander M. Synge

“Bin Laden will arrive at your gates, you’ll find yourself face to face with a jihad, in the Mediterranean”. This warning was uttered by Mu’ammar Qaddafi during his last interview, in 2011, just a few months before his murder. This was not the desperate gesturing of a dictator  a leader finally hunted down and cornered. In the light of today’s events, it sounds more like prophecy.

Militias marching under the banner of the Islamic State are making considerable headway in Libya, and Italian newspapers express concern over this development: “L’Isis è a sud di Roma” (Isis is to the south of Rome). ZENIT interviews Paolo Sensini − the historian and author of the books, Libia 2011 (publisher: Jaca Book)   and   Divide et Impera Strategie del caos per il XXI secolo nel Vicino e Medio Oriente (publisher: Mimesis) − on developments and scenarios in Libya. (Follow the links to purchase them)

Q : Tell us about these militias marching under the black flag of ISIS in Libya. Who are they?
A : They’re the same people who received full support in 2011, from France, Great Britain and the United States, and then, later, Italy. They were responsible for the so-called “Arab Spring”. Now presented to us as bogeymen, they were praised in 2011 as the ones who’ll bring democracy to Libya. We’re talking about roughly a million extremely well-armed individuals. At the moment they’re competing among themselves for their slice of the cake, Power. Nowadays everyone’s talking about ISIS, but thousands of factions have been active in Libya for a long time now, all inspired by Islamic fundamentalism. The black al Qaeda flag was raised in Libya more or less when Qaddafi was being murdered. During the revolt, it could be seen over the Court Rooms in Benghazi and over the city of Derna, where a Emirate was instituted.
In the meantime, these groups have become increasingly radical .

Q : What’s happening at the moment?
A : It looks like the Tobruk government headed by Abdullah alThani (i.e. the government which has received official recognition from the West) is incapable of managing this totally chaotic situation. This is why it’s trying to alarm as many people as possible, aiming for armed intervention on the part of the western powers and Egypt.

Q : Does that mean Italy might be involved too?
A : It would be madness itself if Italy were to join in. Italy can’t deal with a million guerrillas on the battlefield ready to engage in the kind of guerrilla warfare that the Italian army is unprepared for. Anyway, if any armed forces are to move in, they should come from those who brought about the Libyan disaster in the first place. Notably, France. They can’t expect Italy always to sort their problems out for them. Italy should, rather, stop the immigration flow from the area, and send back the boat people to the coast of Libya, after medicating the more serious cases. This would stop the human trafficking and the money the militias are making out of these desperate people.
The government seems to be saying that military intervention should be the very last resort or “extrema ratio”. Their first choice is diplomatic manoeuvres, appointing Romano Prodi as a UN mediator…
Romano Prodi was one of those who, in 2011, exerted pressure on Berlusconi in order to drag Italy into the war. Berlusconi was anything but eager. The person who bears the greatest responsibility is the former President of the Italian Republic, Napolitano. While a friendship agreement had been reached with Qaddafi in 2008 (an agreement that went so far as to include military intervention on Qaddafi’s side in the event of an attack on Libya), Napolitano was all out for Italy to join the war. We shouldn’t place our trust in the very people who’ve created the mayhem we’re now seeing in Libya.

Q : In an interview published by Corriere della Sera, Mons. Martinelli, the vicar-apostolic of Tripoli, said relations with Qaddafi also included “friendly exchanges” and that he was a personage who “was not to be feared”…
A : In 2011, Qaddafi did not occupy any political office. It was only through his great ability as a leader that he managed to govern Libya’s resources (oil, gas, water…) in full independence and within the ambit of cooperation with Italy. This was a situation that powerful players like France and Great Britain found most disagreeable. They wanted more influence in Libya. We may also note that Qaddafi was able to manage the country according to a ‘lay’ approach, with no reliance on religious criteria, such as we see instead among the western allies in the Gulf, where such criteria are applied with the West’s open approval. These are the real reasons behind the 2011 military campaign.

Q : In concrete terms, how great has the harm been to Italy. The harm caused by the 2011 war. What are the risks today now that things have come to a head?
A : Enormous. Take ENI for example: down from 1,500,000 barrels a day to 150,000. Then there were the deals for infrastructures that were part of the 2008 cooperation agreement. All this has gone up in smoke. There were plans for Italian construction companies to work on various projects. A major project was the seaboard highway that was to replace the via Balbia, built during the Fascist era. The dangers are clear for all to see today. Thousands of clandestine immigrants reaching the coasts of an Italy that can’t absorb them. Libya absorbed them. Six million Libyans and two million black sub-Saharan Africans.
Nowadays, things are very different. Thanks to the appalling “Arab Spring”, the entire situation is now in the hands of the militias who run the human trafficking trade.


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Translation from the original by Alexander M. Synge

26 Things About DAESH that Obama Does Not Want You to Know About

26 Things About DAESH that Obama Does Not Want You to Know About