Skip to comments.AL-QAEDA IN LIBYA: A PROFILE----Prepared by Library of Congress --PDF
Posted on 10/29/2012 8:50:17 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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3,916 posted on Sat 13 Oct 2012 22:40:21 PDT by AliVeritas
This report attempts to assess al-Qaedas presence in Libya. Al-Qaeda Senior Leadership
(AQSL) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have sought to take advantage of the
Libyan Revolution to recruit militants and to reinforce their operational capabilities in an attempt
to create a safe haven and possibly to extend their area of operations to Libya. Reports have
indicated that AQSL is seeking to create an al-Qaeda clandestine network in Libya that could be
activated in the future to destabilize the government and/or to offer logistical support to al-
Qaedas activities in North Africa and the Sahel. AQIM has reportedly formed sleeper cells that
are probably connected to an al-Qaeda underground network in Libya, likely as a way, primarily,
to secure the supply of arms for its ongoing jihadist operations in Algeria and the Sahel. This
report discusses how al-Qaeda and its North African affiliate are using communications media
and face-to-face contacts to shift the still-evolving post-revolutionary political and social
dynamic in Libya in a direction that is conducive to jihad and hateful of the West.
The information in this report is drawn largely from the Internet and Western and Libyan
online publications. Particular attention has been given to AQSL and AQIM sources, especially
propaganda videos featuring their leaders and a written essay from Atiyah al-Libi, an influential
Libyan al-Qaeda leader killed in Pakistan by a U.S. drone strike in August 2011. Although a
wide range of sources were utilized, including those in French and Arabic, as well as in English,
the information found was quite limited and largely presumptive. Given the scarcity of
information, further research is needed to better penetrate the organization of al-Qaedas
clandestine network in Libya, its leaders, areas of concentration, and chain of command. The
Web addresses presented in this report were valid as of August 2012.
of course Obama was pretty busy campaigning....
Probably in one of the Daily Briefings he skipped.
AQSLs strategic goals remain restoration of the caliphate, instituting sharia, and ending the Western presence in Muslim lands. Al-Qaedas primary goal in Libya is to establish an Islamic emirate as part of its overall objective to reestablish the caliphate.
AQSL in Pakistan issued strategic guidance to followers in Libya and elsewhere to take advantage of the Libyan rebellion. AQSLs strategic guidance was to:
establish training camps,
build a network in secret,
establish an Islamic state, and
AQSL in Pakistan dispatched trusted senior operatives as emissaries and leaders who could supervise building a network. Al-Qaeda has established a core network in Libya, but it remains clandestine and refrains from using the al-Qaeda name.
Ansar al-Sharia, led by Sufian Ben Qhumu, a former Guantanamo detainee, has increasingly embodied al-Qaedas presence in Libya, as indicated by its active social-media propaganda, extremist discourse, and hatred of the West, especially the United States.
Al-Qaeda adherents in Libya used the 2011 Revolution to establish well-armed, well-trained, and combat-experienced militias. Militia groups, led by Wisam Ben Hamid and Hayaka Alla,
More on the PDF.
Benghazi: A Sea of Al-Qaeda Flags NRO Nov. 5, 2011
Al Qaeda Plants Its Flag in Libya posted October 28, 2011
Niger fears takeover by militants in neighbour Libya July 17, 2011
Libyan Rebels Led by "Former-Mujahedeen" from Guantanamo Bay April 02, 2011
Abdel Hakim al-Hasady, an influential Islamic preacher and school teacher, who spent five years in a training camp in eastern Afghanistan, oversees the recruitment, training and deployment of about 300 rebel fighters Darna.
Field Commander Mr. Hasady in the first line is Salah al-Barrani, a veteran of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, which was formed in the early 1990 by the Libyan mujahideen returning home after helping expel the Soviets from Afghanistan and dedicated to the expulsion of Mr Gaddafi's power.
Sufyan bin Qumu, an Army veteran who worked for the Libyan holding company of Usama bin Laden in Sudan and later for a charity linked to al Qaeda in Afghanistan, is the training of recruits many rebels in the city.
Both Ben and colleagues Hasady Qumu Pakistani authorities picked up after the US-led invasion in Afghanistan in 2001 and fell in SU Dr. Hasady reached with Libya in prison two months later. Mr. Ben Qumu spent six years at Guantanamo Bay before he was imprisoned in 2007 killed Libya.
They were both released from prison in Libya in 2008 as part of the liquidation of the Islamists in Libya.
Jihadists plot to take over Libya
The Washington Times, Bill Gertz; September 4, 2011
Jihadists among the Libyan rebels revealed plans last week on the Internet to subvert the post-Moammar Gadhafi government and create an Islamist state, according to U.S. intelligence agencies.
Libya: Now What? New American; Thursday, 10 November 2011
Gadhafi Becomes the Enemy
The evidence favors Gadhafis version of events. Of course, Gadhafis past record of human rights abuses does make his claims suspect, to say the least. But how about the veracity of the rebels? As The New American reported early on, numerous current and former al-Qaeda leaders as well as other affiliated extremists who boasted of having battled U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan were largely leading the rebellion. And they had been armed and trained by foreign powers including the U.S. government well before the international community officially intervened.
Al-Qaeda & Co. Become Allies
As Gadhafi became public enemy number one, other veteran foes of the U.S. government suddenly went from dangerous terrorists to democratic freedom fighters. Most prominent among the terror groups that became Western allies was the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).
According to a 2007 study entitled Al Qaidas Foreign Fighters in Iraq by the U.S. military, the organization had an increasingly cooperative relationship with al-Qaida, which culminated in the LIFG officially joining al-Qaida on November 3, 2007. Before that, former CIA boss George Tenet warned the U.S. Senate in 2004 that al-Qaeda-linked groups like the LIFG represented one of the most immediate threats to American security.
Thanks for the additions.
I wonder if the Republicans have heard of this?
Guess I might call Rohrbacher's office.
And building permanent facilities. Or just taking them.
You’re right the State Dept. has long been a den of un-American vipers. They didn’t need a cue from Hillary to jump right on the chance to try and destroy Honduras.
Thanks, I bookmarked it. It doesn’t surprise me that the problem at State runs back to the Wilson admin.
OK, I’ll try to make some time to look at it. Thanks.