[Marxism] Pepe Escobar: How Al Qaeda got to rule in Tripoli

Joaquín Bustelo jbustelo at bellsouth.net
Wed Aug 31 10:49:20 MDT 2011

How al-Qaeda got to rule in Tripoli
By Pepe Escobar

His name is Abdelhakim Belhaj. Some in the Middle East might have, but 
few in the West and across the world would have heard of him.

Time to catch up. Because the story of how an al-Qaeda asset turned out 
to be the top Libyan military commander in still war-torn Tripoli is 
bound to shatter - once again - that wilderness of mirrors that is the 
"war on terror", as well as deeply compromising the carefully 
constructed propaganda of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's 
(NATO's) "humanitarian" intervention in Libya.

Muammar Gaddafi's fortress of Bab-al-Aziziyah was essentially invaded 
and conquered last week by Belhaj's men - who were at the forefront of a 
militia of Berbers from the mountains southwest of Tripoli. The militia 
is the so-called Tripoli Brigade, trained in secret for two months by US 
Special Forces. This turned out to be the rebels' most effective militia 
in six months of tribal/civil war.

Already last Tuesday, Belhaj was gloating on how the battle was won, 
with Gaddafi forces escaping "like rats" (note that's the same metaphor 
used by Gaddafi himself to designate the rebels).

Abdelhakim Belhaj, aka Abu Abdallah al-Sadek, is a Libyan jihadi. Born 
in May 1966, he honed his skills with the mujahideen in the 1980s 
anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan.

He's the founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and its de 
facto emir - with Khaled Chrif and Sami Saadi as his deputies....

[full here: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MH30Ak01.html]

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