Obama's Allies in Libya Under ISIS Control?
October 6, 2014 • 8:09AM

According to the Libya Herald, Ashraf Almiar Hassi, a field commander of Operation Dignity, which is allied with the newly elected House of Representatives of Libya, has accused Ansar Al-Sharia, the Revolutionary Council in Benghazi, and the Muslim Brotherhood of being under the control of ISIS. Specifically, Hassi accused the former Libyan General National Congress (GNC) of having funded ISIS. He claimed that a "former agent of the Ministry of Defense and former leader of the Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), Khaled Al-Sharif, continued to support extremist groups. Furthermore Hassi accused the Mayor of Tripoli, Almahdi Al-Harati, of bringing ISIS recruits into Libya with the support of Sudan, Qatar, and Turkey."

EIR and LPAC have previously identified both Khaled al-Sharif, the deputy emir of the LIFG, who was appointed deputy defense minister in Libya, and al-Harati, now mayor of Tripoli, who was the deputy commander of the Tripoli Military Council under Abdelhakim Belhadj, who is the emir of the LIFG, as allies of Obama in overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi. Al-Harati had stepped down as deputy commander of the Tripoli Military Council in late 2011 to go to Syria with 600 LIFG members to fight Assad. This was part of a deal worked out by Belhadj, who traveled to Turkey to meet the Syrian opposition, to arrange, with Obama's support, to help overthrow Assad by supplying weapons and fighters from Libya, Tunisia, and elsewhere. This entire operation was indeed funded by the GNC.

It is also well-documented that weapons were supplied to the LIFG with Obama's approval by Qatar and the UAE through the Benghazi airport which was placed under the control of Turkey. Once Gaddafi was overthrown, then these same countries were involved in shipments of weapons to the Syrian opposition from Libya, again with Obama's complicity.

Meanwhile, the Libya Herald also reports that the U.S. private intelligence company, IntelCenter, has listed the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shoura Council (BRSC) as the eighth most dangerous group in the world.

The latest listing is:

1. Islamic State (IS) 2. Al-Shabaab (mainly in Somalia) 3. Boko Haram (mainly in Nigeria) 4. Taliban 5. Al-Houthi movement (in Yemen) 6. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) 7. Islamic Front (in Syria) 8. Benghazi Revolutionaries Shoura Council 9. Al-Nusrah Front (in Syria and Lebanon) 10.Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)

The BRSC includes Ansar al-Sharia, Libya Shield No. 1 Brigade, 17 February Martyrs Brigade, and Rafallah al-Sahati Brigade. All of these groups were supported by Obama, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, and Turkey in the drive to overthrow Gaddafi and then used to support the overthrow of Syria's Assad.

They were also all involved in the inside/outside assault on the U.S. mission and CIA annex in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. Ansar al-Sharia carried out the attack; the 17 February Martyrs Brigade, hired to defend the mission, failed to provide security, and Libya Shield delayed U.S. reinforcements at the Benghazi airport when they arrived to relieve the CIA annex.

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed Abdelhakim Belhadj himself, the emir of the LIFG, who as she reports, "fought alongside Osama bin Laden" in Afghanistan. In her article entitled "Controversial former militia leader puts himself forward as Libya's savior," she reports that Belhadj is now attempting to get international support even though, as many analysts say, "he in fact controls the militias that took over Tripoli and its airport in August— militias based largely out of Misrata and united under the name Libya Dawn."

The reality is that Obama is still allied with the murderers of Chris Stevens, who themselves are allied with ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

Qatar's Role in Arming Terrorists Detailed in Telegraph and Washington Post

Both the Telegraph and the Washington Post Sunday ran long reports on Qatar's role in funding al-Nusra and ultimately ISIS, while claiming that this is an "irony" since they are also America's friend—in fact, much of the air war in Iraq and Syria is supported, and monitored, from the U.S. command center at Qatar's al-Udeid Air Base, home to 8,000 American military personnel and the base for refueling U.S. tankers and fighter jets, while "ally" Qatar continues supporting terrorist organizations across Southwest Asia. It is worth noting that neither Qatar nor Saudi Arabia has protested Joe Biden's accusation that they created ISIS, even though Turkey and the UAE demanded "clarification."

The Telegraph reports that the U.S. Treasury has released documents showing the Qatari funding of al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda offshoots, while a trial in Belgium of a former jihadist in Syria confirmed that al-Nusra kidnapped the British hostage John Cantlie and the American James Foley, subsequently turned over to ISIS. Foley was recently beheaded on video, while Cantlie is still in custody.

The Post story quotes Qatar's foreign minister, Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, telling the Post, "We don't do enemies. We talk to everyone. We cannot change geography—this is for sure— so whoever is in the vicinity of our geography has to be our close friend." Clearly taking a tip from London, Qatar offered safe haven for any group that agreed not to attack Qatar, says the Post.

ISIS Gains New Allegiances in Pakistan and Libya

As Obama refuses to carry out an effective international campaign against terrorism along the lines of Helga Zepp-LaRouche's proposed New Security Architecture proposal, and instead relies on his increasingly exposed allies in the creation of terrorism—Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Turkey—terrorists groups in Pakistan and Libya have declared their allegiance to the Islamic State.

On Saturday, the Pakistani Taliban declared its allegiance to ISIS and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate, according to Today's Zaman.

In a message marking the Muslim holy festival of Eid al-Adha, the Pakistani Taliban said they fully supported ISIL goals.

"Oh our brothers, we are proud of you in your victories. We are with you in your happiness and your sorrow," Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement sent to Reuters by email from an unknown location.

"In these troubled days, we call for your patience and stability, especially now that all your enemies are united against you. Please put all your rivalries behind you ...

"All Muslims in the world have great expectations of you ... We are with you, we will provide you with Mujahideen (fighters) and with every possible support."

Meanwhile, the Libya Herald reports that the Shoura Council of Islamic Youth in Derna, Libya, is reported to have declared its allegiance to Daesh, also known as the Islamic State, and to the caliphate of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.