by Lizzie Phelan
July 30, 2011
What an incredible day, the day after the assassination of the military commander of the counterrevolutionaries by al Qaeda, don’t hate me for saying it, this is the announcement from the mouths of the counterrevolutionaries and the traitor Mr Jalil himself.
Here is the report I gave to Press TV’s new bulletin by telephone last night: “The news from the NTC of the assassination of Mr Abd al Fatah Younis by senior al Qaeda members – who are well known to cia/mi6 etc – yesterday is being described here in Tripoli as a “slap in the face to the British,”. This is the answer that Mr Hague and Cameron was asking for just two days after they recognised the council as the official government of Libya – with Hague saying the council had “increasing legitimacy, competence and success”! Just two days after Hague’s comments the council’s top military commander has been killed by al Qaeda within his own ranks, and the widespread prevalence of al Qaeda in the opposition is now becoming clear as day.
So, Hague’s beloved NTC, which it is rumoured has largely fled Benghazi, cannot ensure the security even of their top military commander of the opposition who is from a strong tribe, let alone the ordinary people of Benghazi and Libya.
In contrast in Tripoli where I am, I can confirm that there is complete security with families enjoying days at the beach and getting ready for Ramadan.
From the beginning NATO accused Libya of playing the “al Qaeda card”, but the Libya government’s insistence that al Qaeda was a large force in the opposition has now been vindicated and proven to be true by the opposition and people in Benghazi themselves.
Gaddafi announced live in a speech to a rally of hundreds and thousands in the poorest part of Tripoli last night (28/7/11) that there was a battle taking place in Benghazi with the people of that city standing up and fighting back against the opposition, and at approx 2am the death of Abd al Fatah Younis had been confirmed sparking huge celeberation across Tripoli with fireworks and celebratory gunfire until the early hours.”
The Press TV presenter additionally asked me if the Libyan government was playing up the role of al Qaeda as a fear mongering exercise to which I reconfirmed that it was the Libyan opposition themselves who confirmed that Mr Younis was assassinated by al Qaeda. Mr Jalil had ordered the arrest of Mr Younis after Younis announced that all he cared about was securing Brega and that Gaddafi was free to take Misrata, Benghazi and the rest of Libya. This led to a huge fallout and his arrest where he was due to be taken to court. But al Qaeda, who were within the ranks of the NTC feared that by allowing Mr Younis to go through the due legal process, in that time his tribe (which is one of the strongest in Libya) would come to his defence and secure his release, so they assassinated him along with two of his aides and mutilated their bodies.
In a further twist, at his funeral yesterday, Younis’ son Ashraf shouted: “We want Muammar to come back…we want the green flag back!”
Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim warned NATO, that if they continue supporting the “rebels” it was now becoming clear that the al Qaeda factions within the opposition would emerge as the dominant faction. He reminded the west that a strong al Qaeda in Libya with an established base there would quickly turn its attention to its real enemies, NATO. Unlike the traitor defectors from the Libyan government, who are not prepared to fight to the death, but instead would flee to their comfortable homes elsewhere in the world, al Qaeda members only goal is martyrdom so they can escape to their palaces in heaven. This is another reason why it is clear that the fighters in places like Brega are clearly al Qaeda.
Mr Ibrahim also taunted Europe that it had been incapable of preventing the hundreds and thousands of poor, unarmed and destitute migrants from across Africa from arriving at its shores from the coast of north Africa, and so Europe would clearly be incapable of preventing thousands of al Qaeda fighters (who are now being armed not only with NATO and Qatari weapons, but also – with the support of NATO bombs – sophisticated weapons stolen from Libyan military barracks) from arriving in the boat load on its territories.
In contrast, the Libyan government has decades-long experience of fighting and defeating al Qaeda in their land, as well as the NATO nations themselves over the centuries.
Just an hour before NATO continued its in-vain bombardment of Tripoli ,Mr Ibrahim insisted that Libya was winning and would win, especially -as it seems likely – if NATO disgracefully chooses to continue its aggression during the holy month of Ramadan. Mr Ibrahim reminded NATO that during this month, the morale of the Libyan people would be especially high as their spirituality will be strengthened and their duty to secure peace reinforced.
Brothers Sukant and Faraj
Aside from this news, we continued shooting the documentary where we completed two incredible interviews with our dear brother Faraj Gaberil, who is a medical student but has taken up additional duties (media and defence work), and the well renowned and highly respected TV personality (amongst many other things) Dr Yousef Shakir.
The highlights of these interviews was when Faraj was asked by Sukant what he had to say to President Obama who is bombing Libya. Mr Obama was described by Leader Muammar Gaddafi as the “son of Africa” as well as saying that it was dangerous he had an “inferiority complex”.
Faraj replied that Mr Obama was not acting as a real black man, but a white man in black skin. He said that in the west, people appreciate what is superficial, like cars, beautiful wives etc but in Africa, African people know to appreciate things like when African women cook the simplest of bread. He told Mr Obama that he should return to Africa and experience what it means to be cooked simple bread by African women.
Faraj with his government issued AK
Faraj also talked about how average Libyans in their hundreds and thousands were flocking to support their government and defend their families, neighbourhoods and countries against the NATO-supported “rebels”, by forming civilian militias with the weapons that had been issued to all men and women above the age of 18.
Mr Shakir’s interview was the longest we have done so far. He gave a deep historical analysis of the present situation in Libya and some unique information on the current situation also. He revealed that he warned about the events that would unfold before the crisis and he will be publishing in his upcoming book the 10 page report that he wrote that went unpublished revealing the names and details of the people behind the current crisis.
Another young Libyan brother with his government issued weapon
As a founder of the National Salvation Front, which he left after he discovered its deep links to the CIA, and from Benghazi also, the man’s insight is unparalleled. Watch this space.
UPDATE at 11am: Minutes after I wrote this entry, several huge explosions delivered by the NATO cowards in the sky, which even over a kilometre away go right through you, went off less than half a kilometre away from my hotel at the Libyan state television centre which has already been bombed previously in the past four months.
We know from speaking to doctors and friends here that of course the children of Tripoli are experiencing psychological trauma from the explosions. The the children and people of Libya have found that their way of getting through this trauma is to come closer together and to work for victory and the rapid death of NATO so that lives of peace return. The hundreds and thousands of men AND women who have volunteered to fight and the million people rallies are heroic examples of how they are doing this.
We went down to reception when the explosions were going off, which also continued at other nearby locations. Later we saw white smoke in an almost diagonal line lingering in the sky. The staff and guests, many of whom are families with small children on holiday and in Tripoli for Ramadan, did not flinch and said “this doesn’t scare us, it is the same every day for four months, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb”. Nowhere better is this exemplified by the masses of men, women and children who increasingly and defiantly flow into Bab Alziza which is bombed over and over again.
Some of the elder brothers rushed in their car to the scene to see if their friends had been hit.
Just after finishing this paragraph I heard another two massive explosions (11.18am) sent by the NATO cowards who hide in the sky, I can hear them in their planes flying overhead.
It is clear that by bombing the television centre, which is also surrounded by residential buildings, the unachievable aims are both to terrorise the local people and to destroy their own media which they control in an attempt to destroy their only means of accessing the truth. The Libyan people, having seen for themselves that the printed words of the mainstream Arab press (Arabiya and Al Jazeera) and the western press are full of poisonous lies, only put their faith in their very own Libyan press.
But it is impossible now to fool the Libyan people even if NATO succeeded in destroying their press. Despite many members of the Libyan population being fooled at the beginning of this crisis by what before they saw as credible and trustworthy media (particularly Al Jazeera), they have learnt the truth in the hardest way possible. This is even the case for the people of Benghazi – who were under the control of the National Transitional Council (which has now fled to Tobruk) – and as a result they have stood up and are fighting anti-government forces themselves as I write.
ADDITIONAL UPDATE at 17.35pm: The bombing has continued throughout the day and NATO planes can be heard in the skies continuously. The sound of the planes is often met with the defiant sound of gunfire from the people of Tripoli.
Great report on the events in Global Research below
The War on Libya: Divisions within The Transitional Council and Rebel Forces
By Michel Chossudovsky and Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
Global Research, July 29, 2011
The death of General Abdel Fattah Al-Younes, Commander in Chief of Rebel Forces was announced on July 28. Younes was Colonel Qaddafi’s former interior minister who defected to the rebels. Younes was also key leader of the Transitional Council based in Benghazi.
His death has created a vacuum in the military command structure, which will inevitably contribute in the short-run to weakening the military capabilities of the insurgency. It will also have repercussions on the timing of NATO operations.
Unconfirmed reports state that Younes died in the battlefield in fighting on the ground against the Libyan military. For several days there were rumors that Al-Younis was dead. These reports stated that he was fighting in the Western Mountains and he could have been killed in battle. Other reports state that he was killed by the Transitional Council.
Even within rebel circles there are claims that Al-Younes was killed “because he was a traitor”.
The official release of the Transitional Council states that General Al-Younes and two top military commanders aides were killed by gunmen.on Thursday July 28.
“Abdel Fattah Younes was killed after being summoned to the de facto rebel capital of Benghazi to appear before a judicial inquiry, opposition leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil announced at a press conference late on Thursday night.”
Secret Negotiations with Tripoli?
Al-Younes may have been attempting to return to Tripoli. There have also been reports regarding secret negotiations between Transitional Council members and the Libyan government. A faction within the Transitional Council may have been searching for a negotiated solution with Tripoli.
Barely two weeks earlier, top level talks were held in Brussels (Wednesday, July 13) between a Transitional National Council delegation and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The delegation also met with the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s governing body. Fogh Rasmussen confirmed that “NATO would continue its bombing campaign in Libya as long as Gadhafi’s forces threaten civilians”. “As long as that threat continues, we must continue to deal with it,”
While in Brussels, rebel NTC leader Mustafa Abdel Jabril categorically denied the holding of talks with Tripoli: “All this talk about negotiations taking place between the regime and the National Transitional Council are totally false claims,” The Associated Press: Rebels deny talks with Gadhafi, July 13, 2011)
Divisions within the Transitional Council and the Military
The death of Al-Younes has resulted in internal fighting within the Transitional Council. The leadership of Mustafa Abdel Jibril is being questioned, particularly by members of Al-Younes’ Obeide tribe. Jibril had been seeking a surge in NATO’s bombing campaign in support of “a military advance” on Tripoli by rebel forces.
Following the death of General Younes and two top military commanders, rebel forces are in disarray. Factional divisions are developing within rebel forces.
The CIA Connection
There have also been accusations that Younes was assassinated by a rival faction of the insurgency headed by military commander Khalifa Hifter, who is known to be a CIA asset:
General Hifter retired to suburban Virginia, where he has lived for the last 20 years in Vienna (a small town) which is five minutes from CIA headquarters in Langley. … Manipulations Africaines, a book published by Le Monde Diplomatique in 2001, traces Hifter’s CIA connection back to 1987, stating that he was then a colonel in Gaddafi’s army and was captured fighting in Chad against the U.S.-backed government of Hissène Habré. Hifter defected to the Libyan National Salvation Front (LNSF), the main anti-Gaddafi group, which was CIA-backed. He organized his own militia, which stopped functioning once Habré was defeated by Idriss Déby (supported by France) in 1990. …. “The Hifter force, created and financed by the CIA in Chad, vanished into thin air with the help of the CIA shortly after the government was overthrown by Idriss Déby.” The book quotes a U.S. Congressional Research Service report dated December 19, 1996, to the effect that “the U.S. government was providing financial and military aid to the LNSF, and that a number of LNSF members were relocated to the United States.” (Asad Ismi The Middle East Revolution: The Empire Strikes Back: Libya Attacked by the US and NATO, Global Research, May 18, 2011)
Commander Khalifa Hifter tends to support the Islamic faction of the rebellion which is integrated by members of the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).
Supporting the Libyan Jihad
Affiliated to Al Qaeda, the LIFG (Al-Jama’a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya) was founded in Afghanistan with the support of the CIA by Veteran Libyan Mujahideens of the Soviet-Afghan war.
From the outset in the early to mid-1990s, the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) performed the role of an “intelligence asset” on behalf of the CIA and Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. Starting in 1995, the LIFG was actively involved in waging an Islamic Jihad directed against the secular Libyan regime, including a 1996 attempted assassination of Muamar Qadhafi. (See Michel Chossudovsky, “Our Man in Tripoli”: US-NATO Sponsored Islamic Terrorists Integrate Libya’s Pro-Democracy Opposition,
The Jihadists, covertly supported by Western intelligence are now on the front lines of the insurgency:
Mr al-Hasidi [A Veteran Mujahideen] insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader [Qadhafi forces]”. (Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links, Daily Telegraph, March 25, 2011, emphasis added)
Abdul Hakim Al-Hasadi, is a leader of the LIFG who received military training in a guerrilla camp in Afghanistan. He is head of security of the opposition forces in one of the rebel held territories with some 1,000 men under his command. (Libyan rebels at pains to distance themselves from extremists – The Globe and Mail, March 12, 2011)
The US-NATO coalition is arming the Jihadists. Weapons are being channelled to the LIFG from Saudi Arabia, which historically, since the outset of the Soviet-Afghan war, has covertly supported Al Qaeda. The Saudis are now providing the rebels, in liaison with Washington and Brussels, with anti-tank rockets and ground-to-air missiles. (See Michel Chossudovsky, “Our Man in Tripoli”: US-NATO Sponsored Islamic Terrorists Integrate Libya’s Pro-Democracy Opposition, April 3, 2011)
The Kosovo Model
The assassination of General Younes, while creating divisions within the insurgency, tends to reinforce US-NATO control over the Islamist faction of the insurgency, which is supported covertly by the CIA and MI6.
What is unfolding in Libya is the “Kosovo Model”. The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was integrated by Islamic brigades affiliated to Al Qaeda, not to mention its links to organized crime. The KLA was supported covertly by the CIA, German intelligence (BND) and Britain’s MI6.
Starting in 1997, the KLA was behind the political assassinations of civilian opposition forces within Kosovo, including members of the Democratic League of Kosovo headed by Ibrahim Rugova. It was then used as an instrument in NATO’s 1999 war against Yugoslavia. And in the wake of the 1999 war the KLA was spearheaded, with the support of the UN and the EU, into heading an independent ”democratic” Kosovo “Mafia State”.
The “War on Terrorism” Supports “The War on Terrorism”
In a bitter irony, the US-NATO coalition against Libya is “on both sides” of their own “war on terrorism”.
They say that they are “fighting terrorism”, when in fact they covertly supporting and financing terrorism.
They are fighting with rather than against the terrorists.
They are also on both sides of “The Big Lie”. They wage a holy war against “Islamic terrorism”, while also supporting Al Qaeda affiliated jihadist forces within the Libyan “opposition”.
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya in Tripoli and Michel Chossudovsky in Montreal contributed to this report.
Michel Chossudovsky is Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)