Heading the bloody reign of terror in Tripoli is the monster Abdel Hakim Belhadj, aka Abdel Hakim Al-Hasadi, friend of Osama Bin Laden, former US POW, and infamous killer of us soldiers in Afghanistan
By Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
Abdel Hakim Belhadj, aka Abu Abdullah Assadaq, aka Abdel-Hakim al Hasidi, aka Abdel Hakim al-Hasadi, aka Abdel Hakim al-Hasady, identified here as an al Qaeda terrorist commander in the posting “Al Qaeda: Pawns of CIA Insurrection from Libya to Yemen” of April 3, 2011.
Watch Tarpley’s interview on Press TV here, or see this RT interview of Pepe Escobar providing similar information:
From various sources, collected by clothcap:
Ex-Mujahedeen Help Lead Libyan Rebels WSJ
DARNA, Libya—Two former Afghan Mujahedeen and a six-year detainee at Guantanamo Bay have stepped to the fore of this city’s military campaign, training new recruits for the front and to protect the city from infiltrators loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi. The article names:
* Abdel Hakim al-Hasady spent five years at a training camp in eastern Afghanistan, oversees the recruitment, training and deployment of about 300 rebel fighters from Darna.
* Salah al-Barrani, field commander is a former fighter from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
* Sufyan Ben Qumu, a Libyan army veteran who worked for Osama bin Laden’s holding company in Sudan and later for an al Qaeda-linked charity in Afghanistan, is training many of the city’s rebel recruits.
UN, Obama Fighting Alongside Al-Qaeda in Libya New American
The Obama administration’s UN-backed military intervention against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is aiding al-Qaeda, which, according to media reports citing high-level commanders in the terror group and Libyan rebel leaders, is deeply tied to the revolution. When the dust settles, the anti-American Islamic extremists could easily emerge as the new rulers of that nation, or at least a part of it. And al-Qaeda is already reportedly grabbing up advanced military weaponry there.
Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links Telegraph
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.
Libyan rebel’s story shows links to Taliban, Al Qaeda, NATO LA Times
[...] But there are many unanswered questions about Libya’s anti-Kadafi forces, with at least 20 former Islamic militant leaders in battlefield roles, according to the rebel army, and hundreds of Islamists participating or watching from the sidelines. All speak of unity and brotherhood, but in the new state, will they be tempted by a once-in-a-lifetime chance to overpower Libya with a conservative Islamist vision?
Is LIFG al Qaeda? Yes.
Investigation into the rebel terrorists in Libya Above Top Secret
[...] The anti-Qaddafi Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) Merges with al Qaeda, 2007 The specific institutional basis for the recruitment of guerrilla fighters in northeastern Libya is associated with an organization which previously called itself the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). During the course of 2007, the LIFG declared itself an official subsidiary of al Qaeda, later assuming the name of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). As a result of this 2007 merger, an increased number of guerrilla fighters arrived in Iraq from Libya.
According to Felter and Fishman, “The apparent surge in Libyan recruits traveling to Iraq may be linked the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group’s (LIFG) increasingly cooperative relationship with al-Qaeda, which culminated in the LIFG officially joining al-Qaeda on November 3, 2007.”8 This merger is confirmed by other sources: A 2008 statement attributed to Ayman al-Zawahiri claimed that the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group has joined al-Qaeda.