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Al Qaeda Plants Its Flag in Libya (10 months ago)
vice.com ^ | October 28th, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 09/14/2012 12:59:33 PM PDT by bronxville

It was here at the courthouse in Benghazi where the first spark of the Libyan revolution ignited. It’s the symbolic seat of the revolution; post-Gaddafi Libya’s equivalent of Egypt’s Tahrir Square. And it was here, in the tumultuous months of civil war, that the ragtag rebel forces established their provisional government and primitive, yet effective, media center from which to tell foreign journalists about their “fight for freedom.”

But according to multiple eyewitnesses—myself included—one can now see both the Libyan rebel flag and the flag of al Qaeda fluttering atop Benghazi’s courthouse.

According to one Benghazi resident, Islamists are driving brand-new SUVs and waving the black al Qaeda flag drive the city’s streets at night shouting, "Islamiya, Islamiya! No East, nor West," a reference to previous worries that the country would be bifurcated between Gaddafi opponents in the east and the pro-Gaddafi elements in the west.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 201110; 20111012; 201210; 20121012; alqaeda; alqaedalibya; alqaida; alquaeda; arabspring; belhaj; benghazi; blackflag; courthouse; flags; libya; libyaalqaeda; lifg; ntc; qadaffi
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The guard claimed repeatedly that there is no al Qaeda in Libya, and that the flag flying atop the courthouse is “dark black,” while the al Qaeda flag is charcoal black. To many locals, it’s a distinction without a difference." (10 mths ago)

1 posted on 09/14/2012 12:59:39 PM PDT by bronxville
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“In Tripoli, Abdelhakim Belhaj, a well-known al Qaeda fighter and founder of the notorious Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), is now leading the rebel “military counsel” in Tripoli. A few weeks ago, Belhaj ordered his fighters to take command of the Tripoli airport, then controlled by a group of Zintan fighters, a brigade of Berber Libyans who helped liberate the capital from Gaddafi loyalists. A few days later, Belhaj gave a speech emphasizing that his actions had the blessings of Libya’s National Transitional Counsel (NTC), who appointed him to the leadership of Tripoli’s military command.

According to a Libyan who didn’t want to be named, a special military group inside the NTC is calling on Salafi fighters with military backgrounds to join a special group fighting in the rebellion. “There will be special benefits if you join whether you die in battle, or when you return home,” including monthly salaries. (One NTC source told me that Belhaj’s fighters are the only rebel fighters who receive a monthly salary.)”
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2 posted on 09/14/2012 1:02:06 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: bronxville
- “In Tripoli, Abdelhakim Belhaj, a well-known al Qaeda fighter and founder of the notorious Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), is now leading the rebel “military counsel” in Tripoli. A few weeks ago, Belhaj ordered his fighters to take command of the Tripoli airport, then controlled by a group of Zintan fighters, a brigade of Berber Libyans who helped liberate the capital from Gaddafi loyalists. A few days later, Belhaj gave a speech emphasizing that his actions had the blessings of Libya’s National Transitional Counsel (NTC), who appointed him to the leadership of Tripoli’s military command."
3 posted on 09/14/2012 1:05:12 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: bronxville
- "According to a Libyan who didn’t want to be named, a special military group inside the NTC is calling on Salafi fighters with military backgrounds to join a special group fighting in the rebellion. “There will be special benefits if you join whether you die in battle, or when you return home,” including monthly salaries. (One NTC source told me that Belhaj’s fighters are the only rebel fighters who receive a monthly salary.)”
4 posted on 09/14/2012 1:07:03 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: bronxville
- It's difficult to believe we weren't prepared for the coordinated terrorism we're now witnessing. It's also concerning that we've been giving them our tax money to set up the Muslim Brotherhood along with their subsidary groups including al Quaeda, Salafi, etc
5 posted on 09/14/2012 1:11:04 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: bronxville

It is going precisely as Qaddaffi warned it would.

Abedin Rodham-Weiner must be very happy.


6 posted on 09/14/2012 2:20:17 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Where would Christianity be if the early believers put their hopes and trust in the Roman empire?)
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To: Psalm 144

Yes, most of us also knew which one must believe that they also knew it. So the question becomes, why did they do it?


7 posted on 09/14/2012 2:23:51 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: bronxville
October 28th, 2012 October 28th, 2011?
8 posted on 09/14/2012 3:19:25 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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October 28th, 2011?

Yes. Sorry, thanks for the correction.


9 posted on 09/14/2012 3:34:38 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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