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'Hundreds of Islamist militants were freed from a notorious Tripoli prison this week, according to a former Libyan jihadist.
The freed militants had been imprisoned in Tripoli's Abu Salim prison by Moammar Gadhafi's secular government during the height of the insurgency in
Iraq, according to Noman Benotman, once a senior figure in the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. Benotman said he believes as many as 600 militants may
have been among the prison population at Abu Salim.
Gadhafi's regime imprisoned thousands of suspected pro-al Qaeda militants after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq stoked radicalization in Libya,
especially in its impoverished eastern provinces. According to Benotman, those rounded up by the regime included militants who had tried to travel to
Iraq and some who had returned from fighting against U.S. forces there.
Internal al Qaeda in Iraq records seized by the U.S. military in 2007 indicated that proportionately more Libyans traveled to fight with al Qaeda in
Iraq than from any other Arab country.
Wednesday's prison release, which occurred as rebel forces took control of the Abu Salim area of Tripoli, comes as Islamists are taking on an
increasingly prominent role in the fight against the Gadhafi regime -- should be concern to the NATO states that along with Islamic militants brutally
toppled secular government of Libya.
Former members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) have assumed leadership positions in several rebel brigades, according to Benotman. Their
current prominence, he said, was due to their quick mobilization and their valued military skills.
The former leader of the LIFG, Abdullah al Sadeeq, now commands one of the most powerful rebel brigades in Tripoli, according to reports, took charge
of successful rebel efforts earlier this week to storm Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound, further bolstering his prominent position in rebel
Sadeeq was a well-known figure in the jihadist movement. He fought the Soviet-backed secular government in Afghanistan and helped found the Libyan
Islamic Fighting Group there. In the mid-1990s the LIFG conducted a deadly campaign of attacks on Libyan security services, before a crackdown largely
constrained the group's ability to operate inside the country. After the fall of the Taliban, Sadeeq fled Afghanistan to Iran and was eventually
arrested in Hong Kong in 2004. He was then held and interrogated by the CIA before being transferred to Libya where he was held in Abu Salim prison
until his release in March 2010.
Some among the younger generation of jihadists have already begun operating outside the orbit of the NTC. In the east, where radicalization has
historically run highest, young Salafi jihadists have linked up with foreign militants and even have started their own training camps to train
volunteers. A number of jihadists, have entered Libya from other Arab countries.
Neighboring Algeria, which waged a long battle against Islamist insurgents in the 1990s, has already expressed concern about the instability in Libya
being exploited by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other jihadist groups. Algerian officials are also concerned that weapons such as ground-to-air
missiles may have fallen into militant hands.
Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar said that an al-Qaeda asset is now leading the military of rebel-controlled Libya.
According to Escobar, Abdelhakim Belhadj, who commanded a military offensive in Libya over the weekend, has become the de facto commander of the
Tripoli armed forces. Belhadj has also, says Escobar, was trained in Afghanistan by a
"very hardcore Islamist Libyan group."
Escobar says that Taliban-linked sources overseas have confirmed Belhadj as the new commander. In the aftermath of 9/11, the CIA began tracking
Belhadj, who was eventually captured in Malaysia in 2003. Escobar says that he was then tortured in Bangkok before being transferred back to Libya and
imprisoned. He made a deal that allowed for his release in 2009 and as of this week is the military commander of Tripoli.
Arming the Rebels: The Experience of Afghanistan
Looking back at the tragic experience of US efforts to incite the population of Afghanistan against the Soviet occupation in the years after 1979, it
should be clear that the policy of the Reagan White House to arm the Afghan mujahedin with Stinger missiles and other modern weapons turned out to be
highly destructive for the United States. As current Defense Secretary Robert Gates comes close to admitting in his memoirs, Al Qaeda was created
during those years by the United States as a form of Arab Legion against the Soviet presence, with long-term results, which have been highly
It entails more verification, and I suspect that this is from an article from this man, Norman Benotman.