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Radical Islamic Ties In Libyan Transition Team

September 7, 2011 by  

Radical Islamic Ties In Libyan Transition Team

Attacks throughout the Middle East, as the U.S. and NATO forces continue to pursue key entities in the global terror network, have fettered al-Qaida’s ability to maintain strongholds in Pakistan, leading the organization to search for opportunities to expand throughout the Arabian peninsula, the Washington Examiner reports.

Many have raised concerns that the NATO-facilitated unrest in Libya will create a power vacuum in the country that the terrorist organization will silently fill.

“The idea of global jihad is alive and thriving as the Arab Spring turns violent," Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and senior adviser to three U.S. Presidents on the Middle East said in the article.

Unrest in Tripoli continues, with news of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi defeated one day and making military gains the next as a violent NATO-backed rebel insurrection continues, and there are now reports that former al-Qaida members have gained high level positions in the country.

Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) on Saturday announced that a Military Council would be formed in order to protect a fledgling rebel government. Heading up this council will be Abdel Hakim Belhadj, the former head of the al-Qaida-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which was banned internationally as a terrorist organization after the 9/11 attacks.

Asharq Al Awsat, an Arabic newspaper, produced an article about Belhadj in August entitled “From Holy Warrior to Hero of a Revolution.”

It is reported that Belhadj is just one of about 1,000 members of the radical Islamic group, which has been under CIA and British Intelligence scrutiny for the past two decades, and has been a major benefactor in the overthrow of Gadhafi and the destabilization of his country. In March, members of the LIFG apparently announced that they had placed themselves under the leadership of the NATO-affiliated NTC, and that the group had changed its name from the LIFG to the friendlier moniker, Libyan Islamic Movement.

In a recent interview that was reprinted by Time, Belhadj denied any “ideological” ties to al-Qaida, but admitted to fighting alongside the terror cell in Afghanistan.  In 2004 he was reportedly arrested by the CIA, detained as a terrorist and thrown into a Libyan prison after being tortured by U.S. officials. The Gadhafi regime liberated him from the prison in 2010.

It remains unclear whether the Libyan Islamist Movement favors the establishment of an Islamic State in Libya — which would allow al-Qaida opportunities to move freely, plan and headquarter in the country — or if they support Sharia law.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Jeff in OH

    Obummer sure helped them out. That’s what brother hood is

  • 1minuteman

    just further proof of obam’s friends that he and the msm hid from the american public when he got elected. this is why he helps lybia and egypt but not hte iranian uprising because they are a real democratic uprising and not part of the muslim brotherhood. obama’s goal is the destruction of israel.

  • Everyday Politics

    Yeah, yeah. More of the same. Count on the CIA to have their grimy hands in training and establishing more violent dictators.

  • TIME

    So let me ask all of you, have you seen the murder going on in Lybia by the special people who were just doing all this for Alledged FREEDOM?

    As in its “Al Qaida” Strange how they are now in charge in Lybia.

    So now correct me if I am wrong are we not fighting Al Qaida?
    You know that trip over to the middle east way back in 2001…
    Anyone still recall that as we come up on 9/11?

    Yet daily in Lybia thousands of black’s are now being rounded up and killed for their “alledged attachments to the government.”

    Thats children, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, fathers, sons, what the bloody F^%$ is wrong with anyone who can’t see this for what it is?

    Look in the miror your “GUILTY of MURDER” for allowing Barry to do what he has done. Just as anyone who supported GWB’s Mission of MURDER!

    BTW – for you Barry supporters its come out that Barry adopted GWB’s NWO War mission’s 100%; so in fact your supporting the very base of EVIL.
    YET ~ you want respect from those of us who see through this BS.

    BITE ME you MFS. Your just EVIL Ignorant Idiots!

  • traderphil

    By creatring a war against “terrorists” they have assured a never ending series of wars and the $$$$ that brings into the Military Complex is HUGE!!!It is easy to see how Obama, NATO and the UN and associates are setting the Middle East for initiating a serious war. By removing dictators that the west has backed for decades, they allow the radicals to take over and that ensures that there will be escalating trouble, culminating in a serious global war. WHY does the USA have military bases in well over 130 countries??? Can we say “Global Domination!” In my humble opinion. NOTHING happens by chance! This is all planned and documented for decades now! Available to anyone wise enough to find the real truth out for themselves by actually doing their own research!!! . The rest will believe the propaganda they are fed daily thru the bought and paid for “Main Street Media!”

  • Stunned at sunset

    I think that our President might have been responding to the tremendous pressure of “Big Oil” who felt that their assets were under immediate danger of being seized by the Gadahfi government earlier on.

    This war had nothing to do with “democracy” and neither did it have anything to do with “national security.” It had to do with protecting the assets of the Oil Cartel. Naturally, because “Big Oil” thinks it can just send U.S. troops into Libya to throw the Terrorists out, they weren’t worried about that aspect of the move during our ill-planned and hasty preparation for this exciting entanglement.

    Please note that, despite human rights violations everywhere else in the Arab world this summer, only Libya was declared a “no-fly” zone and subjugated to a NATO pounding. No one tried to “correct” the response of Saudi Arabia when they sent troops into Baharain to bring down the “Arab Spring” democratic movement…and, they’re all moving like molasses in January going up-hill in response to Syria’s murderous response to a legitimate public uprising against their oppressive regime.

    But, we’re all morons right? Isn’t that why the main-stream media can crank out propaganda like there’s no tomorrow in the forecast? It’s because we’re all stupid, right? None of us can figure it out, can we?

    • Raggs

      stunned at sunset?.. probably stunned as soon as you open your eyes in the morning and find darkness and a stinch from oblamas ass.

  • Charlie

    Sam, Sam, Sam…if you were, or if I or anyone else on the face of the earth was captured, tortured, and imprisoned by U.S. CIA types circa 2004-2010 FOR fighting alongside al-Qaida (like Belhadj was), WE’D ALL be for a Libyan Islamic State WITH Sharia Law…and al-Qaida! Belhadj and his NTC most certainly ARE!

    Obama’s “Arab Spring” was/is NOT about freedom and democracy, it’s about radical Islam’s takeover and total instability in the Mid-East leading to the demise of Israel…and instability and failing of the entire Western way of life world-wide. That instability has started in Europe this summer…and will be in a city near you in the U.S. this fall or next spring! So, very soon there will be a “European Fall” or “Spring” (already well started in Greece, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, watch for Ireland, Italy, France, et al) and an “American Fall” or “Spring” (already youth mobs in Philly, Chicago, Peoria, Upper Darby, PA, Columbia, SC & on & on, do what they want, when they want)! Why? So “they” can take control of the world and have a One or New World Order (NWO)…with them in charge. Who are “they”? Communists, Nazis, Marxists, Socialists, Radical Islamists, Far Leftists, Progressives (pick any totalitarian form of slavery) and their useful idiots (those that actually protest, fight…and die), thinly veiled under United Nations control!

    The Mid-East (Iraq/Afghanistan, too) and the Western world are or will soon be far worse-off than they were before Obama’s “Arab Spring” and Bush’s “War on Terror”! China is the biggest winner followed by the remaining BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China)! Oops, I almost forgot Iran…big winner, too. Biggest loser is, of course, the United States, i.e., we’re already almost bankrupt and socialist…driving fast and furiously toward total bankruptcy and communism (or, if you like, that NWO)!

  • Raggs

    Good damm thing oblama spent billions in this illegal war in support of radical islam huh?

  • cerebus23

    May you live in interesting times.

    Love that old chinese curse so understated so simple. nothing more uncertain than “interesting” times. tho they can also be exciting.

    the whole world is due for a collapse, save maybe china that could weather almost every industrialized nation collapsing for a number of years lest financially, but eventually their economies interconnectedness with the rest of the world even they will have to suffer if we all fall.

    part of me wants this all to go down tho, maybe sanity and common sense and honor and intregrety and intelligence will be used to craft what comes ofter, maybe people will learn from what came before and remember what it means to serve your country, and not use your country to serve you, while lieing, cheating, stealing, bribery, intimidation, and kickbacks are normal day to day operations of our US government.

    And if they turn around and just try the same stuff over again well i hope they enjoy the next revolution.

  • Johnston Livingstone

    I have found an interesting blog of a prof that works on this topic and I think that he raises good questions about what is happening in Libya

    what do you think?


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