Libyan Rebel Leader Says His Fighters have al-Qaeda Ties

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Please meet Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi. Mr. al-Hasidi is the leader of the Libyan rebels.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr. al-Hasidi said he had recruited “around 25” men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are “today are on the front lines in Adjabiya.”

But, they also have ties to al-Qaeda. That’s right, al-Qaeda.

Mr. al-Hasidi insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader”.

U.S. 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.

Even though the LIFG is not part of al-Qaeda, the United States military’s West Point academy has said the two share an “increasingly co-operative relationship.” 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.

British Islamists have also backed the rebellion, with the former head of the banned al-Muhajiroun proclaiming that the call for “Islam, the Shariah and jihad from Libya” had “shaken the enemies of Islam and the Muslims more than the tsunami that Allah sent against their friends, the Japanese.”

Perhaps, when President Barack Obama, Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton are asked to explain why the U.S. is now involved in a war with Libya, we’re backing a rebel force who has ties to al-Qaeda?

According to the the Council on Foreign Relations, al-Qaeda is an international terrorist network and considered the top terrorist threat to the United States. The group is wanted for its September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center which killed nearly 3,000 people.

The al-Qaeda network has cells in 100 countries, including the U.S., and even in the White House.

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21 Responses to Libyan Rebel Leader Says His Fighters have al-Qaeda Ties

  1. Marcus Ybanez says:

    If this isn’t evidence worthy of impeachment then what is?

    I can’t help but conclude Obama and his team had the intelligence linking the Libyan rebels to Al-Qaeda? If this is true, then Obama, Gates and Clinton are guilty of crimes against the United States and should stand trial.

  2. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    This is extremely disturbing. For the past 15 years, all we’ve been told is, “al-Qaeda is the greatest threat to the US since Hitler,” and now we’re backing a rebel group with links to al-Qaeda?

    I think the Obama administration has some explaining to do.

  3. Massagatto says:

    The USA has been forming alliances with Islamic terrorist organizations for many years and it always comes back to bite us in the ass. How do you think al-Qaeda came into existence in the first place?

    We have James Baker, fmr Sec State and Bush lawyer getting legal immunity for Saudi officials before evidence can emerge.

    We have a doctor in Jersey who embezzled millions from Medicaid, wires $6M offshore probably to “Osama”, but he gets off scot free because his attorney is US Prosecutor Michael Chertoff, now director of Homeland Security.

    We have Sami Al-Arian, acquitted (not saying he’s guilty) of making inflammatory statements against Israel and allegedly funding Hamas charities, he’s THE Bush campaign guy for the Arab community in Florida. Grover Norquist (of Americans for Tax Reform), who is best pals with Newt Gingrich, was also Al-Arian’s business consultant. Al-Arian even appears in a small group photo with George Bush.

    We have Mohamed Atta, Al-Sheihi, and that Hani Hanjour hanging out with strippers and gambling on a SunCruz ship a week before their solemn act of suicide.

    Jack Abramoff, ace Republican lobbyist and Israeli consultant helped illegally procure SunCruz for his friends, with help from Tom Delay.

    OK City was tied to an Iraqi Intell officer named al-Husseini (as confirmed by former CIA Dir Woolsey), who was brought to Oklahoma on false asylum pleas, by former CIA Dir Woolsey.

    Al Qaeda’s lead 9/11 hijacker, Mohamed Atta, was allegedly partying with CIA-connected pilots while he got his flight training in fall/winter 2000 at Huffman Aviation in Venice, Fla., where two of the other 9/11 hijacker pilots trained. Atta wasn’t acting much like a holy martyr: He wore jeans and sneakers, played video games, bought himself a red Pontiac and was said to be a hedonist. The Press posed the question to Ben-Veniste: If Atta belonged to the fundamentalist Muslim group, why was he snorting cocaine and frequenting strip bars?

    In 2011, it’s Barack Hussein Obama circumventing the Congress and backing rebels who recruited Al-Qaeda soldiers to force Qaddafi from power and install a perfect Islamic state.

  4. STEEL TOE says:

    I never trusted Obama.
    Looks like my instincts were correct.

  5. retahyajyajav says:

    Why isn’t the media mentioning this? We’ve been told for more than a decade that al-Qaeda is our greatest enemy.

    I really thought Obama would be better. But I was wrong. He’s as bad as Bush.

  6. Matteo says:

    It gets worse. Look at this.

    Al-Qaeda snatched missiles’ in Libya

    Read more:

    AL-QAEDA’S offshoot in North Africa has snatched surface-to-air missiles from an arsenal in Libya during the civil strife there, Chad’s President says.

    Idriss Deby Itno did not say how many surface-to-air missiles were stolen, but told the African weekly Jeune Afrique that he was “100 per cent sure” of his assertion.

    “The Islamists of al-Qaeda took advantage of the pillaging of arsenals in the rebel zone to acquire arms, including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries in Tenere,” a desert region of the Sahara that stretches from northeast Niger to western Chad, Deby said in the interview.

    “This is very serious. AQIM is becoming a genuine army, the best equipped in the region,” he said.

  7. Big Hank says:

    The reason al-Qaeda was able to “snatch” surface-to-air missiles from an arsenal in Libya during the civil strife there is, the U.S. has no boots on the ground to guard the missiles.

    Team Obama will try to use this as a pre-text to send “limited” troop presence into the battleground of Libya to guard American militaria. I’ve seen this tactic used before and it works everytime. Obama thinks he’s clever but, he’s as predictable as cold weather in January.

  8. Tiny Dancer says:

    The Obama administration is carrying out what amounts to an imperialist mission under cover of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization alliance. NATO is viewed by the majority of Americans as relatively benign and committed to peace when in fact, NATO is helping the U.S. wage an illegal and unconditional war against an OPEC nation to gain control of Kaddafi’s oil.

  9. President Pootie Tang says we’re intervening in Libya because Qaddafi is killing his own people and therefore “it’s in America’s best interests.”

    Really? So following President Pootie Tang’s logic, since 1991, according to the Somalia Diaspora Network, 1,000,000 Somalis have been slaughter in a civil war with no end in sight. In fact, the situation in Somalia is so unstable that the country recently voted to split into two, separate nations.

    Why are we not intervening in Somalia? Might it have something to do with the fact that there’s no oil in Somalia?

    Obama is a liar. Case closed. I hope he’s impeached. Oh snap! I said it.

  10. Jolly Roger says:

    Since al Qaeda is a US-trained and nurtured organization, it seems to me that this is something of a homecoming.

  11. Pechanga says:

    Our enemies are our friends when oil is involved.

    I would have much more respect for Obama if he just manned up and told the truth? I know truth is in short supply inside the Capitol Beltway but, Obama’s in serious very trouble launching a war while out of the country and without congressional approval.

    Just level with us. Tell us he doesn’t give two shits about the people of Libya. It’s their oil he cares most deeply about.

  12. Smooch says:

    Libya is Obama’s Bay of Pigs.

  13. Mets Fan says:

    Libya is Obama’s Bay of Pigs.

    Excellent analogy, smooch. I think you hit the nail on the head.

    Isn’t interesting? The more things change, the more they stay the same in politics?

  14. fran says:

    What? Our country befriended some crazy ass dictator in the middle east, supplied them with arms, then turned around & declared them an enemy & engaged in a war against them?

    That almost never happens– Saddam/Iraq, the US arming & training rebels in Afghanistan to provoke a war w Russia, years later we are fighting the same Taliban we previously trained & armed , & now Libya???

  15. Adirondacky says:

    We never learn. Generation after generation and nothing ever changes. Even when it involves America’s self-professed change agent. If the Republicans play this the right way, I think they can take it all the way to the White House in 2012. Obama is the best friend Mitt Romney could ask for.

  16. lea-lea says:

    If my memory is correct, Obama stated he would not do an end run of the Constitution by using “Signing statements” a la, George W. Bush. On this, he’s told the truth.

    But on Libya, he simply ignored the Constitution and the Congress, as they they don’t exist, and carried out an illegal act while on foreign soil.

    And for the love of John F. Kennedy, can Obama please stop calling the Libyan war a “humanitarian action?” There’s nothing humanitarian about airstrikes and missiles that kill innocent civilians.

  17. In Vienna, around 1683, Islam was poised to overtake Christian Europe.

    Thanks to our Sharia-sympathizer president in the White House, we are in a new phase of a very old war, with the last chapter being written in Libya. God help us all.

  18. feminazi says:

    Sigh. This is simply disturbing on a number of levels. Obama’s stimulus money allowed a school district in my neck of the woods to hire several new teachers and relieve overcrowding in local classrooms. The stimulus money is now spent a hiring freeze was implemented. So, like many Americans, I see the estimated his Libyan war may cost and I wonder where the money is coming from and how is it deemed more important to America than education? His priorities are clearly not my priorities. He’s just the wrong man for the job and going forward, we must do better.

  19. gasso says:

    There is no such thing as good Muslim. Islamic law oppresses women in a horrific manner. If you support this kind of religion, you cannot claim to be good.

  20. Alan says:

    @gasso did you bother reading the article and the comments which actually provide a wealth of information?
    it doesnt matter if they’re muslim,christian or jews, if there was oil under there land then the US propaganda machine would kick in,de-humanise the inhabitants, and find a justification(any old execuse seems to do these days) and take control. but i dont think you’d understand that as you’re comments are the perfect example of how well we are being brainwashed by the people at the top.
    ps i love the comment of “islamic law opresses women in a horrific manner”,lol, thats why they were given the right to vote over 1000 years ago,lol. could what you percieve as opression by islam infact be an oppression by the culture they live in. for example christianity teaches love and tolerance, yet most christian nations are waging wars on countries whose names we can’t even pronounce…is that christianitys fault?? or is it the current culture of capatlism in our nations – which is for a few to own everything whilst some poor schmuck gets fired in the name of cost savings and cant pay his/her bills.

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