Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links

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  1. Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links
    Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

    Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought against 'the foreign invasion' in Afghanistan Photo: AFP By Praveen Swami, Nick Squires and Duncan Gardham 5:00PM GMT 25 Mar 2011
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    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".

    His revelations came even as Idriss Deby Itno, Chad's president, said al-Qaeda had managed to pillage military arsenals in the Libyan rebel zone and acquired arms, "including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries".

    Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought against "the foreign invasion" in Afghanistan, before being "captured in 2002 in Peshwar, in Pakistan". He was later handed over to the US, and then held in Libya before being released in 2008.

    US and British government sources said Mr al-Hasidi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, which killed dozens of Libyan troops in guerrilla attacks around Derna and Benghazi in 1995 and 1996.

    Even though the LIFG is not part of the al-Qaeda organisation, the United States military's West Point academy has said the two share an "increasingly co-operative relationship". In 2007, documents captured by allied forces from the town of Sinjar, showed LIFG emmbers made up the second-largest cohort of foreign fighters in Iraq, after Saudi Arabia.

    Earlier this month, al-Qaeda issued a call for supporters to back the Libyan rebellion, which it said would lead to the imposition of "the stage of Islam" in the country.

    British Islamists have also backed the rebellion, with the former head of the banned al-Muhajiroun proclaiming that the call for "Islam, the Shariah and jihad from Libya" had "shaken the enemies of Islam and the Muslims more than the tsunami that Allah sent against their friends, the Japanese".

    Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links - Telegraph
  2. This is hardly NEWS. The First Post covered the story in some depth two or three weeks ago. US statistics for "foreign rebels" captured in Iraq were topped by Libyans - mostly from the East of Libya. But, then again... once upon a time, OBL was regarded as "one of the good guys", merely because he was fighting the Russians in Afghanistan.
  3. Sorry about that, I wasnt present on the forum at the time. Do you think its worth fighting Qadafi for these guys so they can vote on the next Emir al-Mu'minin?
  4. Not news and nothing to get in a tizzy about.

    In Algeria the beards are distrusted and very far from any political control. As alliances shift motivated Takfiri in Libya may be useful, attrition breeds patriotic pragmatism even amongst those who love death. Just remember to shoot the righteous buggers afterwards as is traditional in all revolutions.
  5. its just britain and america trying to branch out in the middle east next will be iran
  6. Busy on Jihad were we?