UN-Backed Government in Libya Collaborating With Al-Qaeda, Says Pro-Russian Commander

Déjà vu all over again

Thu, Mar 16, 2017 | 1603 Comments
Surprise?
Surprise?

We're seeing a small "pattern" in the Middle East and North Africa. 

For the West, the presence of Al-Qaeda (real or imagined) is always a perfectly good excuse to launch a bombing campaign and impose regime change. 

But sometimes Al-Qaeda and its terrorism is very useful; sometimes it's even moderate.

We saw (and still see) this in Syria. Apparently a similar "understanding" has been made in Libya — and the pro-Russian commander Khalifa Haftar doesn't like it very much:

Ahmed Al-Mismari, the spokesperson of Haftar’s forces, claimed that some members of the UN-backed Presidency Council and High Council of State held secret meetings with leaders of Al-Qaeda to mastermind the attack on the oil crescent region by Benghazi Defense Brigades, according to Libya Observer.

In an extraordinary press conference, Al-Mismari said the meetings were held in Tripoli and Misrata and attended by President of High Council of State Abdul-Rahman Al-Swaihli, some members from the Presidency Council and some leaders of Al-Qaeda.

He said, “This is a coalition of all terrorist groups in western Libya against the Libyan National Army in the east.” He also noted that their aim is political opportunism.

Al-Mismari also claimed that Al-Qaeda are competing for the control of Tripoli and oil ports to have more influence on the ground.

Moreover, Al-Mismari has previously accused Qatar and Turkey of supplying advanced military equipment to Benghazi Defense Brigades ahead of their military operation in oil ports.

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Qatar and Turkey supporting Islamic fanatics in a destabilized country? Western-backed "government" bodies collaborating with Al-Qaeda? Never! 

As we reported yesterday, Khalifa Haftar recaptured two key oil ports, Sidra and Ras Lanuf, from the "Islamist militias" (fanatics affiliated with al-Qaeda) that seized them earlier this month. 

Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), has previously asked Moscow for weapons and equipment, and had a January meeting with the Russians aboard their aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, en route back to Syria. 

No wonder Moscow likes this guy. He doesn't collaborate with terrorists — so he wouldn't be an appropriate "strongman" for Washington. 

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