al-qaeda: now you see them, now you don’t

NATO funding, arming, & simultaneously fighting al-Qaeda from Mali to Syria
Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer, Jan 11 2013

A deluge of articles have been quickly put into circulation defending France’s military intervention in the African nation of Mali. Time Magazine’s article, The Crisis in Mali: Will French Intervention Stop the Islamist Advance? decides that old tricks are the best tricks, and elects the tiresome “War on Terror” narrative. Time claims the intervention seeks to stop “Islamist” terrorists from overrunning both Africa and all of Europe. Specifically, the article states:

There is a probably well-founded fear in France that a radical Islamist Mali threatens France most of all, since most of the Islamists are French speakers and many have relatives in France. Intelligence sources in Paris have told Time that they’ve identified aspiring jihadis leaving France for northern Mali to train and fight. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), one of the three groups that make up the Malian Islamist alliance and which provides much of the leadership, has also designated France, the representative of Western power in the region, as a prime target for attack.

What Time elects not to tell readers is that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is closely allied to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), on behalf of which France intervened during NATO’s 2011 proxy invasion of Libya, providing weapons, training, special forces and even aircraft to support them in the overthrow of Libya’s government. As far back as Aug 2011, Bruce Riedel of the corporate-funded Brookings Institution wrote Algeria will be next to fall, in which he gleefully predicted that success in Libya would embolden radical elements in Algeria, in particular AQIM. Between extremist violence and the prospect of French airstrikes, Riedel hoped to see the fall of the Algerian government. Ironically, Riedel noted:

Algeria has expressed particular concern that the unrest in Libya could lead to the development of a major safe haven and sanctuary for al-Qaeda and other extremist jihadis.

And thanks to NATO, that is exactly what Libya has become: a Western-sponsored sanctuary for al-Qaeda. AQIM’s headway in northern Mali and now French involvement will see the conflict inevitably spill over into Algeria. Riedel is a co-author of Which Path to Persia?, which openly conspires to arm yet another US State Dept-listed terrorist organization (listed as #28), the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK) to wreak havoc across Iran and help collapse the government there, illustrating a pattern of using clearly terrorist organizations, even those listed as so by the US State Dept, to carry out US foreign policy. Pepe Escobar noted a more direct connection between LIFG and AQIM in an Asia Times piece titled How al-Qaeda got to rule in Tripoli:

Crucially, in 2007, then-al-Qaeda #2 Ayman al-Zawahiri officially announced the merger between the LIFG and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb (AQIM). So, for all practical purposes, since then, LIFG/AQIM have been one and the same, and Belhaj was/is its emir.

Belhaj is Abd al-Hakim Belhaj, leader of LIFG in Libya, who with NATO support, arms, funding, and diplomatic recognition, led the overthrow of Gaddafi and has now plunged the nation into unending racist and tribal, genocidal infighting. This intervention has also seen the rebellion’s epicenter of Benghazi peeling off from Tripoli as a semi-autonomous “Terror Emirate”. Belhaj’s latest campaign has shifted to Syria where he was admitted to be on the Turkish-Syrian border pledging weapons, money, and fighters to the so-called “Free Syrian Army,” again under the auspices of NATO support. LIFG, which with French arms, cash, and diplomatic support, is now invading northern Syria on behalf of NATO’s attempted regime change there, officially merged with al-Qaeda in 2007 according to the US Army’s West Point Combating Terrorism Center. According to the CTC, AQIM and LIFG share not only ideological goals, but strategic and even tactical objectives. The weapons LIFG received most certainly made their way into the hands of AQIM on their way through the porous borders of the Sahara Desert and into northern Mali. In fact, ABC News reported in their article Al Qaeda Terror Group: We ‘Benefit From’ Libyan Weapons:

A leading member of an al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group indicated the organization may have acquired some of the thousands of powerful weapons that went missing in the chaos of the Libyan uprising, stoking long-held fears of Western officials. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a leader of AQIM, told the Mauritanian news agency ANI Wednesday: “We have been one of the main beneficiaries of the revolutions in the Arab world. As for our benefiting from the weapons, this is a natural thing in these kinds of circumstances.”

It is no coincidence that as the Libyan conflict was drawing to a conclusion, conflict erupted in northern Mali. It is part of a premeditated geopolitical reordering that began with toppling Libya, and since then, using it as a springboard for invading other targeted nations, including Mali, Algeria, and Syria, with heavily armed, NATO-funded and aided terrorists. French involvement may drive AQIM and its affiliates out of northern Mali, but they are almost sure to end up in Algeria, most likely by design. Algeria was able to balk subversion during the early phases of the US-engineered “Arab Spring” in 2011, but it surely has not escaped the attention of the West, which is in the midst of transforming a region stretching from Africa to Beijing’s and Moscow’s doorsteps, and in a fit of geopolitical schizophrenia, using terrorists both as a casus belli to invade and as an inexhaustible mercenary force to do it. The feared “global Caliphate” Neo-Cons have been scaring Western children with for a decade is now taking shape via USraeli, Saudi and Qatari machinations, not “Islam.” In fact, real Muslims have paid the highest price in fighting this real “war against Western-funded terrorism.”


  1. Sarte
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    This war is so close to Europe, I have no doubt, there will be backlash.
    A disturbing article, more disturbing, there is no debate among the so-called “anti war” coalitions, because everybody is busy in this austerity time.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    According to Syrian Girl Partisan in the video I posted two days ago, the rank-and-file pro-al-Qaeda insurgents in Syria think they’re fighting USrael, ie they think that the Assad regime is covertly pro-USrael. I suppose they listen to nobody but their Sheikhs.

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