The green flag of Libya.
Reports indicate the U.S. is supporting former al-Qaida operatives in Libya. (Photo Credit: CC BY-ND/Dan../Fotopedia)

Reports indicate that the U.S. is funding al-Qaida by providing aid to Libyan rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi and his charges during their battle against dictator Moammar Gadhafi. In an interview with Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, al-Hasidi said that jihadists who fought Allied troops in Iraq are now among those on the front lines in Libya.

Men who fired on US troops now aided by US government

Al-Hasidi, a former fighter against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, informed Il Sole 24 Ore that he personally recruited about 25 fighters from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight coalition troops in Iraq. Today, some of those same individuals are fighting against the Gadhafi regime, with the backing of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the U.S. government, reports the Telegraph and numerous other non-U.S. media outlets.

The Libyan rebel leader was quick to point out that his charges are “patriots and good Muslims,” rather than terrorists. However, he went on to add that “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.”

According to Idriss Deby Itno, the president of Chad, these same al-Qaida patriots pillaged weapons from at least one Libyan rebel zone. Weapons including surface-to-air missiles were reportedly smuggled away in to underground sanctuaries.

Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi and Osama bin Laden’s common ground

While disputed by some, many sources confirm that Osama bin Laden was among the mujahedeen rebels who received U.S. aid during their battle with Russian forces in Afghanistan that began in the late 1970s. In what many consider a stunning parallel, newly appointed al-Qaida leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi was a key member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group that conducted guerrilla raids against Libyan troops in 1995 and 1996.

While LIFG itself is not an al-Qaida organization, military analysts at West Point academy say the LIFG and al-Qaida share “an increasingly co-operative relationship.” Documents found in the Iraqi town of Sinjar reportedly prove that LIFG members were the second-largest group of anti-U.S. foreign fighters present, just behind fighters from Saudi Arabia.

US funding ‘next bin Laden’ in Libya?



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