[Marxism] Pepe Escobar: How Al Qaeda got to rule in Tripoli
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Wed Aug 31 10:49:20 MDT 2011
**THE ROVING EYE
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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