Skip to comments.Al‐Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq: A First Look at the Sinjar Records
Posted on 03/22/2011 1:46:38 PM PDT by fso301
Recent political developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the prevalence of Libyan fighters in Iraq, and evidence of a well‐established smuggling route for Libyans through Egypt, suggests that Libyan factions (primarily the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group) are increasingly important in al‐Qaida. The Sinjar Records offer some evidence that Libyans began surging into Iraq in larger numbers beginning in May 2007. Most of the Libyan recruits came from cities in North‐East Libya, an area long known for jihadi‐linked militancy. Libyan fighters were much more likely than other nationalities to be listed as suicide bombers (85% for Libyans, 56% for all others).
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-snip- (pg 8)Libya contributed far more fighters to al Qaeda in Iraq than any other nation
(pg9-13)The apparent surge in Libyan recruits traveling to Iraq may be linked the Libyan Islamic Fighting Groups (LIFG) increasingly cooperative relationship with al‐Qaida, which culminated in the LIFG officially joining al‐Qaida on November 3, 2007.
The vast majority (84.2%) of Libyans that recorded their route to Iraq arrived via the same pathway running through Egypt and then by air to Syria. This recruiting and logistics network is likely tied to LIFG, which has long ties (not all positive) with Egyptian and Algerian Islamist groups.
The announcement that LIFG had officially sworn allegiance to al‐Qaida was long‐expected by observers of the group. Both the ideologue Abu Yahya al‐Libi and the military leader Abu Layth al‐Libi have long histories with the LIFG, and are increasingly prominent figures along the Afghanistan‐Pakistan border and in al‐Qaidas propaganda. Abu Layth is now an operational commander in Afghanistan; and in 2007, Abu Yahya is second only to Ayman al‐Zawahiri as the most visible figure in al‐Qaidas propaganda. The increasing prominence of LIFG figures in al‐Qaidas high command may be a function of the groups logistics capacity, including its now demonstrated ability to move people effectively around the Middle East, including to Iraq.
The vast majority of Libyan fighters that included their hometown in the Sinjar Records resided in the countrys Northeast, particularly the coastal cities of Darnah 60.2% (53) and Benghazi 23.9% (21).
Both Darnah and Benghazi have long been associated with Islamic militancy in Libya, in particular for an uprising by Islamist organizations in the mid‐1990s. The Libyan government blamed the uprising on infiltrators from the Sudan and Egypt and one groupthe Libyan Fighting Group (jamaʹah al‐libiyah al‐muqatilah)claimed to have Afghan veterans in its ranks. The Libyan uprisings became extraordinarily violent. Qadhafi used helicopter gunships in Benghazi, cut telephone, electricity, and water supplies to Darnah and famously claimed that the militants deserve to die without trial, like dogs.
Does anyone know if Hannity, Beck,Limbaugh, Greta are aware of this?
Dunno, but somebody should email these links to them.
Were I to do it, I'm sure it would just go into their bottomless spam folders but surely someone reading these threads has named access and can provide them with solid facts to back up their speculation that these rebels are likely radical islamists.
LOL! True dat.
Anyway, they don’t care.
The USA stopped antijihad cooperation with Libya in 2009.
Read this for details about USA/Libya working against jihadis.
Excellent post. The information is a bit dated - but there’s little doubt that if data were analyzed for the period after 2007, it’d likely show similiar numbers.
What I’ve been trying to get thru to people I talk to is that these Libyan rebels are not the future Thomas Jeffersons and Abraham Lincolns of Libya.
So many people out there don’t under stand that. They look at Qaddafi and think “What an a-hole!. They’re right! I want this guy to be dead as much as the next person - but not at the expense of allowinjg Islamists to seize control of Libya.
People need to realize that the “cure” may be worse than the “disease”.