| Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda lin |
gr - 26.03.2011 09:28
Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links.
Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that 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".
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".
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".
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.
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
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|let's see if we can get this straight |
| thingumajig - 27.03.2011 05:06 |
So, let's see if we can get this straight: I thought well-thinking leftists have been having some doubts and critiques this past decade whether all that stuff about fighting Islamists all over the place was either sincere or truthful.
Now, however, in a breaking revelation, the Telegraph (that mother of neutral reporting) comes up with there being Jihadist fighters amongst the Libyan rebels.
So, that's it, there you have it! Blow their uprising all to hell! It's the evil Islamists all over again, together with, er, their Western imperialist cronies, plotting and fighting to control something they already had (Libyan oil, in the latter's case).
On tomorrow's news: How Miffy successfully spread mind-control evil mushroom clouds amongs the Western intellegentsia. Oh, and the working classes. Oh, and their lesser brown-skinned comrades that few ever cared to telephone nor email.
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