Friday, March 6, 2015

Former Ally Of The U.S. Is Now The Head Of The Islamic State In Libya

Washington Times: U.S. backed rebel reportedly leads Islamic State in Libya

Major news out of Libya as Abdelhakim Belhadj, the former head of the al Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and a major player in the U.S.-backed overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi, has reportedly joined the Islamic State and is leading its forces there. This according to The Blaze National Security journalist Sara Carter on Twitter, and Fox News’ Catherine Herridge in a Fox News report.

Belhadj’s ties to al Qaeda were controversial during the run up to U.S. airstrikes in support of the Libyan rebels, but this did not prevent him from maintaining a high profile at the time, including being made head of the Tripoli Military Council, a position he held until resigning to run for office in May 2012. Belhadj has a reputation for involvement in the international jihad has well, playing a role in the 2004 Madrid training bombings, and accused by investigators of being involved in the murder of two Tunisian politicians at behest of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Update #1: CIA Asset Joins Islamic State in Libya – Abdelhakim Belhadj Worked with U.S. and NATO to Overthrow Gaddafi -- Global Research
Update #2: Sources: More than a dozen ISIS operatives in Libya, but no US authority to strike -- FOX News
Update #3: US Ally in Libya Joins ISIL and Leads Its Forces in the Country - Reports -- Sputnik

WNU Editor: I wonder if he is still going to sue the British government .... Abdel Hakim Belhaj wins right to sue UK government over his kidnap (The Guardian).

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