U.S. supports Al Qaeda ‘freedom fighters’ against Gaddafi in Libyan civil war

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U.S. supports Al Qaeda ‘freedom fighters’ against Gaddafi in Libyan civil war

Post by ToddS on Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:46 pm

U.S. supports Al Qaeda ‘freedom fighters’ against Gaddafi in Libyan civil war

  • March 27th, 2011 5:40 am ET

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Michael Hughes

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U.S.-backed anti-government forces in Libya are being led by al-Qaeda
fighters according to an interview with a Libyan rebel figure in Il Sole 24 Ore, an
Italian newspaper. So, after ten years of trying to "disarm and
dismantle" al -Qaeda in Afghanistan, the U.S. might be facilitating its
rise in Libya.

Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi admitted earlier today that he personally
recruited 250 Libyans to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of
these same fighters are, according to al-Hasidi, “today on the front
lines in Adjabiya” fighting against Moammar Gaddafi’s forces. al-Hasidi
also made positive comments about al-Qaeda during the interview as the Telegraph reports:
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".
Not only did al-Hasidi battle U.S troops in Iraq, he has also fought against "the foreign invasion" in Afghanistan.

Ironically, Gaddafi has claimed for weeks that the rebel movement was
linked to al-Qaeda, yet the international community saw these
assertions as typical propagandist maneuvering by the Libyan dictator.

It is hard to say how much the U.S. knows about this and, for that
matter, if they care – they may simply be focused on the short-term goal
of getting rid of Gaddafi.
A similar obsessive tunnel vision was employed to support the anti-communist mujahideen
in Afghanistan in the 1980s – a group President Reagan later referred
to as “freedom fighters”. This short-sighted strategy came back to haunt
the U.S. on 9/11.

Back on March 9 I made mention of this frightening parallel during an interview with RT News (which can be found here). During the discussion I was quoted as saying:
“If we intervene, theoretically we are going to be intervening on the
side of the Islamists once again. There we go… Afghanistan again… We
need to stay out of this,” Michael Hughes concluded.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's national security adviser, was
asked recently if he regretted supporting Islamic extremists during the
Soviet “jihad”, considering it eventually led to the rise of the Taliban movement. He replied:
"What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the
collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Muslims or the liberation
of central Europe and the end of the cold war?"
About a month ago we said the worst case that could possibly emerge from
a post-Gaddafi power vacuum would be a failed state akin to Somalia
that could easily become a terrorist incubator. Gaddafi adeptly crushed
Libya's Islamic extremist opposition years ago. But these fighters then
joined the global jihad and honed their skills abroad:
<blockquote>Libyan jihadists are considered some of the most
extreme on earth. The September 2007 seizure of a large batch of
al-Qaeda files in the Iraqi city of Sinjar indicated that a
proportionally higher percentage of Libyans were engaged in the fighting
in Iraq than their counterparts from other countries, including Saudi
And 85 percent of Libyans listed their occupation as suicide bomber,
compared to only 50 percent of Saudis, indicating that the Libyans
tended to be more radical than their Saudi brethren.
These al-Qaeda-led rebels were in danger of losing Benghazi, their
eastern stronghold, before U.S.-led coalition airstrikes were launched
against Libya on March 19. Since then, the rebels not only maintained
control of Benghazi but today seized Ajdabiya and Brega in the West.
However, Libyan opposition leaders claimed today they no longer need
outside assistance and can win the next battle on their own.

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