British Control of the Libya Islamic Fighting Group
December 30, 2012 • 9:56AM

According to a report issued on Dec. 16, 2011 by Kronos Advisory entitled "A View to Extremist Currents in Libya," the Al-Qaeda-linked Libya Islamic Fighting Group, supported by President Obama, is controlled by the British. The evidence is overwhelming:

* In 1994, LIFG spiritual leader Sami al-Saadi moves to London. He resides there for the next four years.

* October 1995, several LIFG members expelled from Sudan move to the United Kingdom.

* Former British intelligence officer David Shayler alleged the British government was involved in the LIFG's attempted assassination of Gaddafi in 1995. A top-secret M16 document leaked on the Internet revealed British intelligence knew of the plot that involved "Libya veterans who served in Afghanistan." Shayler's claims were bolstered by evidence that British authorities allowed LIFG members living in the U.K. to engage in an array of support for the LIFG, from producing and distributing propaganda to raising funds. In November 1998, Libyan security sources accused British intelligence of supporting assassination plots targeting Gaddafi hatched by LIFG emir Belhadj, who Libya alleged was a resident of London.

* On September 25, 2001, President Bush signed an executive order to freeze the LIFG's assets in the U.S. Weeks later, on October 6, 2001, the UNSC added the LIFG to its consolidated list of entities associated with al-Qaeda. In the same month, senior Bush Administration officials travel to Libya to meet the head of Libya's External Security Organization and provide him with information about Libyans who have trained in al-Qaeda camps, along with the names of Libyan militants living in the U.K. In December 2001, the Bush Administration added the LIFG to its terrorism exclusion list.

* The LIFG was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department on December 8, 2004. The British government did not designate the LIFG a terrorist organization until October 2005. This was after Tony Blair's initiative to establish relations with Gaddafi. The same month, British authorities arrested five Libyans suspected of being affiliated with the LIFG. More than a dozen LIFG leaders were living in Britain at the time. Within weeks, Britain signed a deal with the Gaddafi regime and deported the men to Libya.

* Also, in early March 2004, while trying to board a flight to London using a French passport, Belhadj was captured by the CIA, which received tips from MI6, and sent back to Libya where he was imprisoned. Sami al-Saadi is also detained in Hong Kong by the CIA and sent back to Libya.

June 25-26, 2005, Libyan opposition groups host an anti-Gaddafi regime conference in London.

* August 2005, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi initiates reconciliation dialogue with imprisoned members of the LIFG and the Muslim Brotherhood.

* On February 8, 2006, the U.S. Treasury Department designated five individuals and four entities based in the U.K. for their roles financing the LIFG. The Sanabel Relief Agency was among the designated entities.

* In March 2006, LIFG member Abd al-Rahman al-Faqih was arrested in Britain. He was among the five LIFG members designated by the U.S. Treasury. Treasury identified him as "a senior leadder of the LIFG and is involved in the provision of false passports and money to LIFG members worldwide."

* March 29, 2008, a Libyan opposition conference is hosted in London by anti-Gaddafi groups including the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood.

* October 30, 2008, the U.S. Treasury Department designates three additional U.K.-based individuals for their roles raising funds for th LIFG. According to the Treasury Department's press release regarding the designations, the U.K. is the greatest source of funding for the LIFG.

* March 23, 2010, the Gaddafi regime releases 10 LIFG leaders, including LIFG emir Belhadj and LIFG spiritual leader Sami al-Saadi.

* Soon after the February 17, 2011 uprising began in Libya Belhadj disbanded the LIFG and renamed it the Libya Islamic Movement for Change. Like the LIFG, th LIMC has reportedly been operating in London.