Skip to comments.NATO commander: Signs of al-Qaida in Libyan rebels
Posted on 03/29/2011 9:30:40 AM PDT by Jim 726
WASHINGTON As the United States and other nations build ties with Libyan rebels and leaders of the political opposition trying to oust Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, intelligence suggests al-Qaida and other terrorists have a small presence within the opposition group, a top military commander said Tuesday.
Adm. James Stavridis, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, told Congress that officials have seen "flickers" of possible al-Qaida and Hezbollah among the rebel forces, but at this point no evidence there are significant numbers within the group's leadership.
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I agree with another poster that said:
“Let them slaughter each other, then kill the winner.”
Signs of al-Qaida in Libyan rebels...
So? What do you care?
You are impartial...
Come on, now, at least be consistent. Palin’s only difference with Obie is that he waited too long to help the rebels. I like Palin, but this country is in a massive and futile circle jerk.
Of course, one must be a "troll" if they have the temerity to remind readers what Sarah Palin's position on this is.
Good grief, you're ridiculous.
"Amerika, since our early friendship, you're hot, then you're cold, you're yes then you're no, you're in then you're out, you're up then you're down..."
Didn’t say you were a troll and I don’t really have any intention of seeing you ZOT’d.
Your position is the same as Pissant’s and I disagree with it. But, he does make me laugh.
Chill! I'm in her court but she didn't do herself well by wanting to take us to war. 99% of my thinking is that no way we should get involved. That ME is a cesspool. The lesser of these combatants the better the world will be. BTW you got a couple billion that you can loan us or 50 cents or more for gallons of gas we now are paying when Libya has only 2% of the oil? With this group of keystone cops do you really want them conducting a war? Finally, fight on, Sarah.
Obama plans to arm the Libyan rebels regardless of what he says. He WANTS to take credit for being the inspiration behind how one aces out a sovereign nation (America and Congress) and instead uses the UN and other nations to overthrow “bad people” like Gaddafi.
This is who he’ll be arming:
Libya Islamists ‘seize arms, take hostages’ (This is how it all started—with an Al Qaeda attack)
Middle East Online ^ | February 20, 2011 | Middle East Online
More dot connecting...note the date—February 20, 2011, when the ‘revolt’ started in Libya. Congratulations Obama! You’re now fighting for Al Qaeda against a very recent ally in the GWOT.
Gaddafi regime fed names of jihadists to the CIA and to Britain
“The revelations about al-Hasadis involvement in the anti-American jihad are particularly troubling in light of clear evidence that Western forces are coordinating their attacks on Libyan government targets with rebel forces. “
Rebel Commander in Libya Fought Against U.S. in Afghanistan
Pajamas Media ^ | March 25, 2011 | John Rosenthal
On his own admission, rebel leader Abdul-Hakim al-Hasadi fought American troops in Afghanistan and recruited Libyans to fight American troops in Iraq.
 Shortly after unrest broke out in eastern Libya in mid-February, reports emerged that an Islamic Emirate had been declared in the eastern Libyan town of Darnah and that, furthermore, the alleged head of that Emirate, Abdul-Hakim al-Hasadi, was a former detainee at the American prison camp in Guantánamo. The reports, which originated from Libyan government sources, were largely ignored or dismissed in the Western media.
Now, however, al-Hasadi has admitted in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore that he fought against American forces in Afghanistan. (Hat-tip: Thomas Joscelyn at the Weekly Standard.) Al-Hasadi says that he is the person responsible for the defense of Darnah not the towns Emir. In a previous interview with Canadas Globe and Mail, he claimed to have a force of about 1,000 men and to have commanded rebel units in battles around the town of Bin Jawad.
I have never been at Guantánamo, al-Hasadi explained to Il Sole 24 Ore. I was captured in 2002 in Peshawar in Pakistan, while I was returning from Afghanistan where I fought against the foreign invasion. I was turned over to the Americans, detained for a few months in Islamabad, then turned over to Libya and released from prison in 2008.
Al-Hasadis account is largely confirmed by investigations conducted by Praveen Swami, the diplomatic editor of the British daily The Telegraph. Swami originally wrote about al-Hasadis background in the Afghan jihad in a March 21 column. In response to a query from the present author, Swami was able to obtain confirmation of al-Hasadis arrest and transfer to Libya from what he describes as a senior source in the Afghan government.
According to a separate UK intelligence source contacted by Swami, al-Hasadi was released by the Libyan government as part of a deal that was struck with the al-Qaeda-affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIGF). The LIGF has long opposed the rule of Muammar al-Gaddafi in Libya.
On February 25, al-Hasadi had issued an ambiguous statement claiming that he had been a political prisoner and accusing the Dictator Gaddafi of spreading lies. Al-Jazeera provides an English translation of the statement here. (Scroll down to 12:46pm.) A video of al-Hasadi reading his statement is available here.
In his more recent remarks to Il Sole 24 Ore, al-Hasadi admits not only to fighting against U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but also to recruiting Libyans to fight against American forces in Iraq.
As noted in my earlier PJM report here, captured al-Qaeda personnel records show that al-Hasadis hometown of Darnah sent more foreign fighters to fight with al-Qaeda in Iraq than any other foreign city or town and far and away the largest per capita number of fighters. Al-Hasadi told Il Sole 24 Ore that he personally recruited around 25 Libyans to fight in Iraq. Some have come back and today are on the front at Ajdabiya, al-Hasadi explained, They are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists. The members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader, al-Hasadi added.
The revelations about al-Hasadis involvement in the anti-American jihad are particularly troubling in light of clear evidence that Western forces are coordinating their attacks on Libyan government targets with rebel forces.
Reporting from the outskirts of Ajdabiya yesterday, Antoine Estève of the French news channel i-Télé noted that just minutes after rebel positions had been hit by artillery fire from Libyan government forces, the Libyan government positions were then bombarded by coalition aircraft. (Estèves report can be viewed here.) In a March 19 dispatch from Benghazi for the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, correspondent Lorenzo Cremonesi cites rebel leaders as saying that they were given the opportunity to provide NATO with a map indicating enemy targets that they wanted bombed.
With Obama’s help:
Muslim Brotherhood (Al Qaeda) Taking Over Egypt with the Egyptian Army backing them up. (Just as we knew would happen)
Are we now going to start arming our enemy, al-Qaida,in the name of freedom?
I am in no way a troll. I have been a freeper for a long long time. I love Sarah but the media has destroyed her, to the normal masses. She has the most vile things said about her.It pains me to be on the other side of most of my freeper friends but I think if she runs, we will have Biden or worse the Usurper in thief for another 4 years or more. Not a troll just being weary.
Yes, I realize that. It wasn’t me that made the accusation, I was just responding to it. Sorry for the confusion.