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US Great Britain and France assisting al-Qaeda in Libya

The war on Libya now being waged by the US, Britain and France must surely rank as one of the stupidest martial enterprises, smaller in scale to be sure, since Napoleon took it into his head to invade Russia in 1812.

On March 11, French President Sarkozy declared the Libyan National Transition Council the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people. Muammar Gaddafi describes these same rebel forces as al-Qaeda.

And in fact, two U.S. Government documents strongly back Gaddafi on this issue.

The first is a secret cable to the State Department from the US embassy in Tripoli in 2008, part of the WikiLeaks trove, entitled “Extremism in Eastern Libya”. According to the cable, the most troubling aspect “… is the pride that many eastern Libyans, particularly those in and around Dernah, appear to take in the role their native sons have played in the insurgency in Iraq … [and the] ability of radical imams to propagate messages urging support for and participation in jihad.”

The second document are captured al-Qaeda documents that fell into American hands in 2007. They were duly analysed by the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy at West Point. The records contain precise details on personnel, including those who came to Iraq to fight American and coalition forces and, when necessary, commit suicide. These al-Qaeda personnel records concludes that one country provided “far more” foreign fighters in per capita terms than any other: namely, Libya.

The records show that the “vast majority of Libyan fighters resided in the country’s northeast“. Benghazi provided many volunteers. So did Dernah, a town about 200 kms east of Benghazi, in which an Islamic emirate was declared when the rebellion against Gaddafi started.

The West Point study calculates that of the 440 foreign al-Qaeda recruits whose home towns are known, 21 came from Benghazi, thereby making it the fourth most common home town listed in the records. Fifty-three of the al-Qaeda recruits came from Darnah, the highest total of any of the home towns listed in the records. So Darnah contributed “far and away the largest per capita number of fighters”.

As former CIA operations officer Brian Fairchild writes, “American government documents conclusively establish that the epicentre of the [Libyan] revolt is rife with anti-American and pro-jihad sentiment, and with al-Qaeda’s explicit support for the revolt, it is appropriate to ask our policy makers how American military intervention in support of this revolt in any way serves vital US strategic interests”.

As I wrote here a few weeks ago, “It sure looks like Osama bin Laden is winning the Great War on Terror”. But I did not dream then that he would have a coalition of the US, Great Britain and France bleeding themselves dry to assist him in this enterprise.

[Excerpt of article by Alexander Cockbur, co-editor of CounterPunch]

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2 Responses to “US Great Britain and France assisting al-Qaeda in Libya”

  1. Ph.D Webster Tarpley writes of the 2007 West Point study examining the background of foreign guerrilla fighters — jihadis or mujahedin, including suicide bombers — crossing the Syrian border into Iraq during the 2006-2007 timeframe, under the auspices of the international terrorist organization Al Qaeda.

    He points out that the resulting study permits us to make important findings about the mentality and belief structures of the northeastern Libyan population that is furnishing the basis for the anti-Qaddafi revolt in Libya.

    Almost one fifth of the foreign fighters entering Iraq across the Syrian border came from Libya, a country of just over 6 million people.

    The most striking finding which emerges from the West Point study is that the corridor which goes from Benghazi to Tobruk, passing through the city of Darnah (also transliterated as Derna) represents one of the greatest concentrations of jihadi terrorists to be found anywhere in the world, and by some measures can be regarded as the leading source of suicide bombers anywhere on the planet.

  2. Dr. Tarpley also points out that Al Qaeda is not a centralized organization, but rather a gaggle or congeries of fanatics, misfits, double agents, provocateurs, mercenaries, and other elements.

    And that “Al Qaeda was founded by the United States and the British during the struggle against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Many of its leaders, such as the reputed second-in-command Ayman Zawahiri and the current rising star Anwar Awlaki, are evidently double agents of MI-6 and/or the CIA.”

    Ayman Zawahiri himself “emerged from the cultural and political milieu of the Moslem Brotherhood or Ikhwan, itself a creation of British intelligence in Egypt in the late 1920s.”

    And he adds: “The basic belief structure of Al Qaeda is that all existing Arab and Moslem governments are illegitimate and should be destroyed, because they do not represent the caliphate which Al Qaeda asserts is described by the Koran. This means that the Al Qaeda ideology offers a ready and easy way for the Anglo-American secret intelligence agencies to attack and destabilize existing Arab and Muslim governments. … This is precisely what is happening in Libya today.”


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