This Is What Happens To You If You Stop Supporting Al-Sharia Militia

This Is What Happens To You If You Stop Supporting Ansar-Sharia Militia

 Benghazi. The head cut off and in a plastic bag is the father’s of a soldier who had to stop pumping the support of Ansar-Shariah Militia in Benghazi. (image below)



Libya: Extremism milieu

Libya: Extremism milieu

by Rabie Barakat

Libya: Extremism

The fundamentalist military group, Ansar al-Sharia, is a legitimate offspring of the post-Gaddafi era. After the downfall of the Libyan dictator, the country witnessed a composite form of disorder where tribal tensions surfaced and warlords, who turned cities into rival entities, engaged in a game of bloody competition.  

In the context of state versus non-state actors, local militias have often been able to impose their agendas on the central government and have regularly challenged its calls for the creation of a unified military apparatus.

Ansar al-Sharia has emerged from this chaos as a powerful non-state actor with transnational affiliations and ambiguous aims. This was a perfect milieu for the extremist group’s growth and expansion.

Little is known about the militia that is centered in Libya’s second largest city of Benghazi. It hit the headlines after the killing of American Ambassador in Libya J. Christopher Stevens

In September 2012, Mr Stevens was killed when the US consulate in Benghazi was set ablaze in protests over an anti-Islam film made in the US.

Ansar al-Sharia has neither claimed the attack nor denied its responsibility. 

Its leader Mohammed al-Zahwai, however, blessed the terrorist attack in the only interview to western media with the BBC.

 “Do you think that the killing of the US ambassador is more heinous than the several insults made about the Prophet, peace be upon him?” Mr al-Zahawi asked in the BBC interview. 

“I swear by God that we can tolerate the killing of all people and wiping all countries off the map but we cannot tolerate a single swear word that could hurt our prophet,” he said.


The group has managed to go underground following previous battles with government forces. Notwithstanding, it has proved to be a major power in the eastern part of the country, with a wide network of alliances that would make any venture to uproot it a costly and uncertain one.

Libyan authorities bear these facts in mind and base their prospects on realistic interpretations of the current situation. They understand that, albeit being the most prominent of radical Islamist groups, Ansar al-Sharia is not the only one of that sort in the area of Benghazi.

The fragmentation of Islamist groups in Libya could be understood in light of the political context during Gaddafi’s four decades of rule. Under the harsh conditions framing the political landscape under Gaddafi’s watch, Libya’s Islamists did not get the chance to institutionalize their networks and develop structural hierarchies in the same way that their counterparts were able to do in Egypt and Tunisia. *****(Qaddafi was right to keep them locked look at what they’re doing now to Libya these TERRORISTS)

This partially explains their failure to achieve notable results ****(Not really Libyans with or without Qaddafi’s control of these extremists, we are moderate not fanatic and we don’t like extremists as shown in everyday demo) in the country’s parliamentary elections, albeit addressing a conservative environment. Contrary to that, the National Forces Coalition (NFC), comprising tens of liberal factions and civil society groups, was able to win a majority of parliamentarian seats ****(they did so by blackmailing & terrorizing the people) and achieve sweeping results in electoral quarters that have generally been associated with Islamist influence.

Ansar al-Sharia’s general attitude towards central authorities could not be detached from past encounters involving Islamists and government forces during Gaddafi’s era and shortly after. The militia’s main state sponsored rival in Benghazi, the Special Forces (al-Sa’iqa), is a military unit that defected from Gaddafi’s army at the advent of the Libyan uprising and joined the rebels.

Its leader, former Minister of Defense Abdel-Fatah Younes, was assassinated during the revolution and Islamists were held responsible for that. The history of the relationship between this specific unit and Islamists explains their mutual animosity, as the Special Forces was responsible for launching clampdowns against Islamists during Gaddafi’s rule.

This background has been linked to the chain of assassinations targeting former Gaddafi officers throughout the past few months. It also explains why the parliament was coerced to adopt an “isolation law” that bars senior members in Gaddafi’s administration from public office, after a cluster of Islamists militias sieged its assembly last April.

This mistrust between the militia and army unites was further fueled recently, after the abduction of Abu Anas al-Libi, a suspected member of al-Qaeda, by American special forces.

Although past and current incidents serve in exacerbating relations between Ansar al-Sharia and the government, their antagonism stretches beyond actions and reactions, as the militia’s ideological rigidity barely allows for establishing a common ground.

Ansar al-Sharia repudiates the interim government and thinks of it as violating its version of Sharia law which it publicly endorses and seeks to apply in today’s Libya.

Nevertheless, this has not prevented it, along with other extremist groups, from establishing a foothold in the weak Libyan bureaucracy and in a country which many experts regard as a failing state.

Regional developments have also resulted in further aggravation of the extremist quandary in Libya. The recent war in Mali has reinforced Islamist insurgency, as it instigated a flow of jihadists and arms across the Sahara to the eastern part of Libya.

Such reports were issued months ago alongside claims raised by Chad’s president, Idriss Deby, regarding a burgeoning number of training camps for Chadian rebels around Benghazi.

One may conclude that the emergence and growth of Ansar al-Sharia is a natural result to the political and security vacuum characterizing Libya today. Government officials know this well.

The state’s Commander in Chief, Abdel Salam el-Obeidi, has gone further in his description of the current situation, as he recently issued a warning that the country faces dangers of disintegration. 

As long as Libya remains trapped in a vicious circle of mutual vengeance and general turmoil, the scars of its civil war that toppled the strongman of the North African country will not heal. One could be sure enough that Ansar al-Sharia and similar groups will benefit most from such an inflammatory process. 


Benghazi, Libya, has become training hub for Islamist fighters

Benghazi, Libya, has become training hub for Islamist fighters

By Nancy A. Youssef

McClatchy Foreign Staff December 12, 2013


BENGHAZI, LibyaEvery week, about a dozen Syrians arrive at Benghazi’s airport for what’s described as insurgent training. When they fly out, they’re carrying fake Libyan passports, according to three officials familiar with the comings and goings of foreigners at the airport.

The accounts of the officials, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the topic, are more evidence that this city in Libya has become a regional hub for Islamist extremists seeking to hone their combat skills.

Fighters from Tunisia and Algeria also are thought to be training here, driving across Libya’s borders to reach Benghazi, the birthplace of the uprising that, with NATO’s help, toppled Moammar Gadhafi two years ago. But the Syrians’ routine arrival and departure by air indicates that the training process is better organized and financed than had been realized.

It also raises questions about the role of Libya’s homegrown militia, Ansar al Shariah, in the global jihadi movement. Ansar al Shariah has its roots in the anti-Gadhafi uprising and it’s thought to have participated in the attack last year on U.S. facilities in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Any effort to train al Qaida-linked fighters here is unlikely to have gone forward without the backing of Ansar al Shariah, experts in the organization say.

The Benghazi airport officials said that in the face of weak government forces and Ansar al Shariah supporters among their personnel, there’s little they can do to stop fighters from arriving or from leaving illegally, even though their fake passports are easily detected. By leaving on Libyan passports, they avoid legal requirements that they report their activities while they’re in the country, the airport officials told McClatchy.

“It is easier to leave Libya that way. They fly to Istanbul and sneak back into Syria,” one airport employee said. “They use the Libyan passport once.” The three airport officials said they saw anywhere from 10 to 15 fighters each week.

Airport authorities can’t stop them because they themselves fear the repercussions of confronting militants. As one employee explained, pointing to an immigration official: “He is with Ansar al Shariah.”

There is nothing we can do to stop it,” a second official told McClatchy. “But everyone knows who they are.”

Libya’s minister of justice, Salah al Marghani, told McClatchy that the government is unaware of fighters coming to the country for training, but he acknowledged that Libya’s security situation would allow “such groups to move freely.” ****(generally they are unaware of what’s going in Libya as they don’t care, they are American puppets, they haven’t lived and don’t like living in Libya they are foreigners who betrayed our country and they call themselves Libyan? they should be ashamed to even walk on our land) 

“I would not be surprised if foreign fighters are involved like this. . . . We have a lot of challenges,” he said. “Thank you for letting me know so we can investigate this.” ****(my ass pardon my English he will never investigate as his afraid of his own shadow plus America boss likes the way Libya is now as they can do everything they want.)

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan conceded in a recent interview with The Washington Post that government investigations have turned up Tunisians, Algerians, Sudanese and Nigerians undergoing training in Benghazi.

Despite the regular arrival and departure of fighters undergoing training, Zeidan told the Post that “there are no permanent camps.” He said he thought most fighters stayed only one or two days. ****(yes Zeidan you live in another planet like in Germany and not in Libya, too bad your kidnappers didn’t beat the shit out of you so that you could realize what is really happening in Libya) 

Other officials told McClatchy they don’t know how long the fighters stay.

What is clear, however, is that in the months since U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others died here in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. facilities, Ansar al Shariah’s presence in Benghazi has grown, despite the initial public reaction, which drove it from its headquarters into hiding in the days immediately after Stevens’ death.

Beyond Benghazi, where it was founded, the group has spread to eastern cities that were key to the 2011 uprising, including Ajdabiya and Derna. Residents told McClatchy that the difference now is that rather than operate as an open organization from a headquarters, the group has melted into the population.

“They have created cells in Benghazi,” said Mohammed Idreesi, a political activist here. “They can gather themselves in seconds. . . . Ansar al Shariah is stronger now.”

The group also is working hard to provide services such as health care in a push to earn the support of residents, who generally say they’d like government forces, not militias, to secure their cities. A poll of 1,200 Libyans conducted in September by the National Democratic Institute, a congressional-funded U.S. organization that works with pro-democracy groups around the world, found 92 percent had a negative view of militias that have formed since Gadhafi’s fall, and 95 percent said the militias should be disarmed.

Despite that, the Libyan government’s nascent security forces have been unable to impose their will on Ansar al Shariah, which apparently now can call on foreigners to fill out its ranks.

Last month, when militants attacked an army checkpoint here near the now-abandoned Ansar al Shariah headquarters, killing seven soldiers and two civilians, foreign fighters were among the attackers, witnesses said. They said they knew the militants weren’t Libyan by their dialect.

“I heard Tunisians and Algerians,” said Ramadan Mustafa, 18, who was near the 2:30 a.m. assault. “I did not stay. The army told us to turn back.”

After that attack, Libyan government officials boasted that Ansar al Shariah had fled. But the group was thought to be back within days, declaring its presence with the assassination last Saturday of a police colonel, who died when a bomb planted under his car exploded. The next day, a car bomb targeted the police colonel’s funeral, killing at least one person and wounding five.

Marghani, the justice minister, said Ansar al Shariah’s growth had hampered Libya’s investigation of the Stevens case.

“Maybe if the security forces improve, that case will move faster,” he said.


Libyan assembly votes to base all legislation on sharia


Libya‘s national assembly voted on Wednesday to make sharia – Islamic law the basis of all legislation and for state institutions in a decision that may impact banking, criminal and financial laws.

Two years after the NATO-backed uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is still undergoing a messy transition, with no new constitution and its temporary assembly caught in deadlock between an Islamist party and political rivals.

Libya has seen fierce debate over the role of Islam in its new democracy with the rise of hard-line Islamists/ ****(MURDERERS/ALQAEDA/MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD/L.I.F.G/FINANCED BY THE WEST) long oppressed by Gaddafi.

The immediate scope of the General National Congress‘s decision was not clear, but a special committee would review all existing laws to guarantee they comply with Islamic law.

“Islamic law is the source of legislation in Libya,” the GNC said in a statement after the vote. “All state institutions need to comply with this.”

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction party is one of the most well-organized forces in Libya and promotes Islamic law. But the secular-leaning National Front Alliance formed after the revolt calls for a more liberal position.

The GNC’s decision came shortly before a vote to form a 60-member committee that will draft the new constitution.

Sharia is a set of loosely defined moral and legal guidelines based on the Qur’an, the sayings of Prophet Mohammed and Muslim traditions.

One reform may be a shift to more Islamic finance regulation, based on religious principles which avoid interest and pure speculation, which has grown with many sharia-compliant investment funds in the Gulf.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)


Libyan assembly votes to base all legislation on sharia




The CIA have put the extremists into power in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Tunisia

Israel Today magazine warns of the the Islamic Winter and the Tunisian and Libyan ‘liberation’ leading to Sharia

“Top Israeli officials have warned that the Arab Spring is about to give birth to the Islamic Winter.”

Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Party is expected to take control of Tunisia’s parliament with a healthy majority.

Ennahda has supported the Ayatollahs in Iran.

Ennahda’s ideology is based on that of the CIA’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Ennahda leader Rachid Ghannouchi wants “moderate” Sharia Law.

Post-Gaddafi Libya will have Sharia Law as the “basic source” of its civil laws, declared interim leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil on 23 October 2011.

In Egypt, the CIA’s Muslim Brotherhood is expected to do well in coming elections.

The Islamists have also been increasing their power in Turkey.

General Eyal Eisenberg, head of Israel’s Home Front Command, has warned of radical ideology increasing the likelihood of all out war.


The CIA’s Arab Spring has brought:

(a) an improvement to Tunisia and the rest of North Africa?

(b) disaster to Tunisia and the rest of North Africa?

On 23 October 2011, Tunisians went to the polls

The Guardian describes Tunisia after its Arab Spring:

Today, lawyers complain of police brutality and torture.

Corruption has worsened.

A human rights activist says of present day Tunisia: “We are overwhelmed with cases of human rights abuses.

“Torture is the way things are done, it’s systematic.”

She described the case of an alleged robber who was transferred to hospital from prison with a stomach complaint.

While in hospital, she claims, he was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted.

She found him with his legs chained to the bed and severe injuries to his genitals.

In the same hospital she found another prisoner lying in the emergency ward, his body festering with worms and covered in excrement.

He had, she says, been there for a month.

Unemployment has soared.


The CIA-MOSSAD-NATO plan is for North Africa to copy Turkey.

The key figure influencing Turkey, Fethullah Gulen, is a friend of Israel.

Gulen and friend.

On 6 August 2011, The Economist reported on a Muslim who is friendly towards Israel (A hard act to follow).

This Muslim reportedly has links to heroin. (Funded by Heroin Via the CIA …)

“These days the religious teacher who wields most influence over the Turks is Fethullah Gulen,” says The Economist.

In 2010, nine Turks, taking supplies to Gaza, were killed by Israeli commandos.

Gulen said it was partly the Turkish side’s fault: the flotilla should not have defied Israel.

Gulen lives in America and has been accused of having links to the CIA.

The Gulen movement “forms the apex of a huge conglomerate that includes NGOs, firms, newspapers and college dormitories in Turkey, plus schools across the world.”

Several journalists who have tried probing Gulen have found themselves prosecuted or jailed.

People who criticise the movement “can face nasty smear campaigns.”

Obama visiting a Gulen school in Washington.

On 29 June 2010, Paul Williams PhD wrote: “Gulen Movement Funded by Heroin Via the CIA …

According to paul Williams:

1. “Court records and the testimony of former government officials show that Fethullah Gulen, who presently resides in Pennsylvania, has amassed more than $25 billion in assets from the heroin route which runs from Afghanistan to Turkey.

2. “Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator, testified that the drug money has been channeled into Gulen’s coffers by the C.I.A.”

According to Sibel Edmonds: ‘A lot of the drugs were going to Belgium with NATO planes.

‘After that, they went to the UK, and a lot came to the US via military planes to distribution centers in Chicago, and Paterson, New Jersey.’

“Ms. Edmonds further said that Turkish diplomats, who would never be searched by airport officials, have come into the country ‘with suitcases of heroin.’

3. “According to Ms. Edmonds and other government witnesses,Gulen began to receive funding from the CIA in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union when federal officials realized that the U.S. could not obtain control of the vast energy resources of the newly created Russian republics because of deep-seated suspicion of American motives.

“Turkey, the U.S. officials came to realize, could serve as a perfect ‘proxy’ since it was a NATO ally that shared the same language, culture, and religion as the other Central Asian countries…

The only way to provide Gulen with sufficient funds to topple Turkey’s secular regime and to conduct education jihad within the Russian republics came from the poppy fields of Afghanistan…

“The Obama administration has opted to turn a blind eye to Gulen and his mountain fortress in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania…

“In his native Turkey, Gulen’s vast fortune has been used to create the Justice and Democratic Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma, AKP), which has gained control of the government…

Abdullah Gul, Turkey’s first Islamist President, is a Gulen disciple along with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Yusuf Ziya Ozcan, the head of Turkey’s Council of Higher Education…

4. “Gulen has purchased newspapers, television networks, construction companies, universities, banks, utilities, technological outlets, pharmaceutics, and manufacturing firms throughout the country.

“In addition, he has established thousands of madrassahs (Islamic religious schools) throughout Central Asia where students are indoctrinated in the tenets of militant Islam…

5. “But the Gulen movement is not confined to Turkey and Central Asia.

“Eighty-five Gulen schools have been set up in the United States as charter academies funded by public funds.

6. “Is Gulen really affiliated with the CIA?

In support of his application for permanent residency status, Gulen obtained letters of support and endorsement, from Graham Fuller and other former CIA officials.

“His petition was also endorsed by former Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman, and former Ambassador to Turkey Morton Abramowitz.”