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For U.S. intelligence services, the man who led the rebel assault on Tripoli, and is now the de facto military governor of the capital, is an old acquaintance. The CIA had tracked down the accused jihadist, and eventually captured him in Malaysia in 2003. The agency is believed to have then transferred him, in total silence, to a “top secret” prison in Bangkok.
However if the CIA wanted him, it’s first because he was one of the founders, and even the “emir” of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a small highly radical organization, which prior to Sept. 11 had two secret training camps in Afghanistan. The CIA was extremely interested in one of them, Shahid Cheikh Abu Yahya, about 19 miles north of Kabul, where the LIFG welcomed volunteers who had links with Al Qaeda.
LIFG was banned worldwide (as an affiliate of al-Qaeda) by the UN 1267 Committee. Listed at the Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
On October 10, 2005, the United Kingdom's Home Office banned LIFG and fourteen other militant groups from operating in the UK. Under the United Kingdom's Terrorism Act 2000, being a member of a LIFG is punishable with a 10-year prison term. The Financial Sanctions Unit of the Bank of England acting on behalf of HM Treasury issued the orders to freeze all their assets.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited "around 25" men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are "today are on the front lines in Adjabiya". 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
Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) is dedicated to two principle objectives. The founding goal of the terrorist group is to overthrow the current Libyan government led by Muammar Qadhafi. LIFG was founded on the belief that Qadhafi and his government are un-Islamic and should be overthrown. LIFG members have attempted, but failed, to assassinate Qadhafi. From the time it was founded until the late '90s, LIFG attacked Libyan security forces in armed altercations. Today, LIFG continues to target interest of the Libyan government. Some allege that LIFG still attacks Libyan security forces, although the frequency and intensity has decreased since the late 1990s. LIFG is suspected as one of the terrorist entities to provide materials for the May 2003 suicide bombings in Casablanca.
Is al-Qaeda connected to other terrorist organizations? Yes. Among them:
The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council and de fact president, had already declared that Libyan laws in future would have Sharia, the Islamic code, as its "basic source".
Originally posted by greenCo
WTF??? But Sarcozy and Cameron were there waving "freedom" flags hahaha... this Libya thing is just impudence. A big joke for all. The things that we all are witnessing are just unbelievable. And people still buy and believe all the lies from MSM? ZOMBIES!!!!!. I don´t know if to get angry or just laughedit on 24-10-2011 by greenCo because: (no reason given)edit on 24-10-2011 by greenCo because: (no reason given)edit on 24-10-2011 by greenCo because: (no reason given)