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Libya: Here’s a surprise

Not!  

Al Qaeda’s leadership has sent experienced jihadists to Libya in an effort to build a fighting force there, according to a Libyan source briefed by Western counter-terrorism officials.

The jihadists include one veteran fighter who had been detained in Britain on suspicion of terrorism. The source describes him as committed to al Qaeda’s global cause and to attacking U.S. interests.

The source told CNN that the al Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, personally dispatched the former British detainee to Libya earlier this year as the Gadhafi regime lost control of large swathes of the country.

The man arrived in Libya in May and has since begun recruiting fighters in the eastern region of the country, near the Egyptian border. He now has some 200 fighters mobilized, the source added. Western intelligence agencies are aware of his activities, according to the source.

Well aren’t you comforted by the fact that Western intelligence agencies are “aware” of his activities.  Aren’t you also completely surprised by this turn of events?

If you are, you’ve just not been paying attention. 

In a video message to fellow Libyans distributed on jihadist forums earlier this month, al-Libi said: "At this crossroads you have found yourselves, you either choose a secular regime that pleases the greedy crocodiles of the West and for them to use it as a means to fulfill their goals, or you take a strong position and establish the religion of Allah."

Anyone want to wager on the outcome?

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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7 Responses to Libya: Here’s a surprise

  • But…..but…….Obama! Social Media! This “exciting and necessary” digression aside, a golden age is around the corner for Libya!

  • I wonder who this “experienced…veteran fighter” has “friended” on his Facebook account?

    Can you be shot against somebody’s Facebook wall?

    So, now AQ has their own oil, I suppose. Helluva job, Barry.

  • Obama and Samantha Power jumped to get involved in the Arab Spring catastrophe via Libya in order to show that the U.S. would now punish an Arab leader who had cooperated with the West. The community organizer organized Western Europe to that cause and Republican hawks (McCain et al.), neither of whom could say anything but that Qaddaffi had been a sponsor of terrorism — but couldn’t quite recall that he did that as a Soviet client during the Cold War. He began helping the West after the fall of the Hussein regime in Iraq. Barack apparently needed to punish him for that, dragging dopes like McCain along for the ride. Recall that it was originally staged as a humanitarian mission, but morphed overnight into regime change. Now it’s an open field for yet another Islamist regime.

  • Watch and Learn. Yeah.

  • Around 2004:
    ” Before Team America showed up, it was a happy place. They had flowery meadows and rainbow skies, and rivers made of chocolate, where the children danced and laughed and played with gumdrop smiles.”

    Around 2011:
    ” After Team America showed up, it was a happy place. They had flowery meadows and rainbow skies, and rivers made of chocolate, where the children danced and laughed and played with gumdrop smiles.”

    At least I gather that is how it goes in edumacated circles.

  • The outcome will hopefully be a Hellfire missile. I think it will be easier to kill this guy in Libya than in the UK or Yemen.