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Libyan rebel leader admits that anti-Gaddafi forces have al-Qaeda links

Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said those on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime are jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq. Mr al-Hasidi admitted this in an an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought against “the foreign invasion” in Afghanistan, before being “captured in 2002 in Peshwar, in Pakistan”. He was later handed over to the US, and then held in Libya before being released in 2008.

His revelations came even as Idriss Deby Itno, Chad’s president, said al-Qaeda had managed to pillage military arsenals in the Libyan rebel zone and acquired arms, “including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries”.

US and British government sources said Mr al-Hasidi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, which killed dozens of Libyan troops in guerrilla attacks around Derna and Benghazi in 1995 and 1996. In 2007, documents captured by allied forces from the town of Sinjar, showed LIFG members made up the second-largest cohort of foreign fighters in Iraq, after Saudi Arabia.

Earlier this month, al-Qaeda issued a call for supporters to back the Libyan rebellion, which it said would lead to the imposition of “the stage of Islam” in the country.

[The Telegraph]

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5 Responses to “Libyan rebel leader admits that anti-Gaddafi forces have al-Qaeda links”

  1. Is there any footage of this, or is this post just another pathetic token of propaganda?

  2. I am not aware of any footage of this, but the story itself was reported in the British press, specifically by THE TELEGRAPH http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8407047/Libyan-rebel-commander-admits-his-fighters-have-al-Qaeda-links.html

    And as the article points out, this rebel leader made these statements to the Italian press, Il Sole 24 Ore.

    Guess you can research it further.

  3. Further on the general subject:

    Ph.D Webster Tarpley writes of the 2007 West Point study examining the background of foreign guerrilla fighters — including suicide bombers — crossing the Syrian border into Iraq during the 2006-2007 time frame, under the auspices of 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.”

    P.S. – WikiLeaks was the source of this West Point study availability.

  4. If Mr. admits that members of the Alqeada are in the rebel camp, then their problem has started.

    If Gadafi does not finally go down, he come crushing Hasidi and his rebels. If Gadafi goes down, then Alqeada would dictates the pace of the new regime.

    little wonder the rebels lack direction and synchronity

  5. […] of the “protests” is hardly surprising, given what we now know about the involvement of the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) in the rebellion. At least three al-Qaeda-linked militants who had at one time or another been in […]


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