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djones520
03-26-2011, 05:15 AM
In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited "around 25" men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are "today are on the front lines in Adjabiya".

Mr al-Hasidi 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".

His revelations came even as Idriss Deby Itno, Chad's president, said al-Qaeda had managed to pillage military arsenals in the Libyan rebel zone and acquired arms, "including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries".

Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought against "the foreign invasion" in Afghanistan, before being "captured in 2002 in Peshwar, in Pakistan". He was later handed over to the US, and then held in Libya before being released in 2008.

US and British government sources said Mr al-Hasidi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, which killed dozens of Libyan troops in guerrilla attacks around Derna and Benghazi in 1995 and 1996.



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8407047/Libyan-rebel-commander-admits-his-fighters-have-al-Qaeda-links.html

Very disconcerting. I agree in helping to overthrow Qaddaffi, and protecting innocent civilians caught in this cross fire, but learning that we are aiding people who have tried to kill us, well that's bad.

I'm starting to think that we need to just completely stop combat ops now, sit back and tell the two sides to slug it out, but keep an eye out incase Qaddaffi starts attacking the civlians again.

Madisonian
03-26-2011, 06:49 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8407047/Libyan-rebel-commander-admits-his-fighters-have-al-Qaeda-links.html

Very disconcerting. I agree in helping to overthrow Qaddaffi, and protecting innocent civilians caught in this cross fire, but learning that we are aiding people who have tried to kill us, well that's bad.

I'm starting to think that we need to just completely stop combat ops now, sit back and tell the two sides to slug it out, but keep an eye out incase Qaddaffi starts attacking the civlians again.

Many of us feel the same way about that whole septic field that is called the Muslim world.
Libya is just the most recent example of taking a position against one group of people that would like to see us all dead in favor of another group of people that would like to see us all dead.

PoliCon
03-26-2011, 08:13 AM
This is why I have no interest what ever in helping any of these bastards over throw any dictator. The dictators can at least keep the islamists beat down and under some semblance of control - AND if they're too busy killing each other - they ain't killing us.

FlaGator
03-26-2011, 09:04 AM
It's nice to see that America can bury the hatchet and align its self with the most evil organization on the planet and work for the common good of terrorists everywhere :rolleyes:

lacarnut
03-26-2011, 09:43 AM
This is why I have no interest what ever in helping any of these bastards over throw any dictator. The dictators can at least keep the islamists beat down and under some semblance of control - AND if they're too busy killing each other - they ain't killing us.

Agree with that 1000%. Let these heathens kill each other. If the US and its allies are hell bent on killing Quaddaffi, drop the big one on his ass.

Apache
03-26-2011, 12:51 PM
Agree with that 1000%. Let these heathens kill each other. If the US and its allies are hell bent on killing Quaddaffi, drop the big one on his ass.

That's the way I am too...


All these ME "protests" at once, spell trouble for the West and America. But Zero already knew that.