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Curious opposition to Gaddafi: the symbiosis between the CIA and al-Qaeda
Material posted: Publication date: 31-03-2011

The so-called Libyan opposition is a mix of political opportunists, and trained in due time the CIA guerrillas, the Mujahideen, such as Abdel Hakim al-Hasidy of the so-called Libyan Islamic fighting group, who openly admits his close ties with "al-Qaeda" from Afghanistan. And it definitely increases the level of mistrust to the strange recent military crusade of Washington.

In addition, the opposition includes former senior members of the Gaddafi regime, who decided that the grass is greener on the side supported by the USA, great Britain and France, opposition, and outright thugs who, with the approval of Washington, London or Paris sensed a chance to seize control of one of the richest lands on the planet.

This "opposition", unlike in Tunisia or elsewhere, was never "non-violent". This armed uprising, a war of tribe against tribe, not a raging desire for democracy. Washington currently assures the member countries of NATO to support one group of tyrants, and to expel the previous one, as it is not relevant what the Pentagon calls Full spectrum dominance.

The Libyan "opposition" for most of the world still has created a vague CNN or BBC image of stone-throwing youth, shouting slogans of "freedom, democracy" in a well-arranged chambers. The reality is far from that perception. As pointed out by George Friedman of Stratfor: "the Libyan uprising consisted of a cluster of tribes and personalities, some within the Libyan government, some within the army and many others longtime opponents of the regime". He adds, "it would be a huge mistake to consider what happened in Libya mass liberal democratic uprising. This story with certain exaggeration works in many countries, but in Libya it is completely inapplicable."

It turns out that the main opposition to Gaddafi comes from two very curious organizations — the national front for the salvation of Libya and a bizarre group calling itself the Islamic Emirate Bakr (Bakr — the former name of the North-Western part of the levee). Its leadership proclaims that the group consists of former militants of al-Qaida, previously released from prison. Krovoprolitiya their story to this day is impressive.

The main opposition group in Libya now is the national front for the salvation of Libya, which is reportedly funded by Saudi Arabia, the CIA and French intelligence. They joined forces with other opposition groups to become a National conference of the Libyan opposition. This organization called for a "Day of rage" that plunged Libya into chaos on February 17.

A key figure in the National front for the salvation of Libya is one Ibrahim Sahand, which is very handy living in Washington. According to the archives of the Library of Congress, Sahand — the same man the CIA used in its failed attempt of the Libyan revolution in 1984. The library of Congress confirms that CIA has trained and supported the national front for the salvation of Libya both before and after the failed coup.

On 11 March the government of France became the first nation to recognize the national front for the salvation of Libya, which currently operates under an amorphous umbrella group calling itself the Libyan National transitional Council,ω which is nothing more than the old-fashioned National front for the salvation of Libya, a group funded for many years by the Saudis, the French and the CIA.

New loose group Transitional Council, reported almost the same thing that the old national front for the salvation of Libya — a group of unelected old business-monarchists in exile and the recent defectors from Gaddafi, who smell an opportunity to grab a giant chunk of the oil pie, and with the support of Saudi Arabia, France and the CIA to turn their dreams of glory. It is those whose name currently NATO is fighting.

The national transitional Council of the Libyan Republic led by Mustafa Abdul Jalil, based in Benghazi and controls most of the Eastern half of the country. France and Portugal have officially recognized the Council as the sole "legitimate representative" of Libya.

The national transitional Council also includes such insiders of the former regime of Gaddafi, as the ex-Minister of justice of Libya Mustafa Abdel-Jalil and former interior Minister, General Abdel Fattah-Younis, who defected from Gaddafi. They lobbied Washington and other Western governments to support soon after its formation. They want to start an armed offensive against the government-controlled areas in the West to topple Gaddafi. I mean, this is hardly an innocent spontaneous democratic revolution on Twitter, although uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt and other countries were also far from spontaneity.

In early March the Transitional Council sent their de facto foreign Minister Ali al-Essawi, and friend Abdul-Jalil Mahmoud Gabriela in Paris, where the French government, clearly smelling an opportunity to tread the path in the future regime in Tripoli, was the first to recognize the Transitional Council as the "legitimate representative" of the Libyan people. Immediately thereafter, France became the leading advocate for a French-led (of course) military intervention on behalf of their newfound friends-the rebels from Benghazi.

While the French tread the path deeper into the diplomatic wing of the rag-tag rebel in Benghazi, the British seem to have focused on the military wing, where former interior Minister of Gaddafi, General Abdel Fattah Younis seems to be their man. Younis is now in command of the "army" of the National transitional Council.

Hillary Clinton also moved to strengthen ties between the U.S. and insurgents. On March 13, it is rumored, met in Cairo with leaders of the rebel opposition. Informing about his meeting, she said: "We appeal to the opposition inside and outside Libya. I see some of these figures here in the United States and next week during my trip to discuss what else can take the United States and others."

In the Western part of Libya's opposition is led with the second group, recognized by France, which calls itself the ambitious Islamic Emirate Bakr, the former name for the North-Western part of the country. This group is described as a group of "older immigrants and defectors from the former Gaddafi regime ... waving the old monarchist flag of king Idris".

Not like the revolutionary youth Twitter movement, led by hopes of youth.


William Engdahl


Tags: Libya , Africa

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