Libyske opprørere benekter bånd til al-Qaida
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– Vi var på samme sted, på samme tid som al-Qaida. Det var i Afghanistan, der vi noen ganger kjempet side ved side, med mål om å frigjøre landet. Men vi var aldri underordnet al-Qaida, sier Belhadj til Le Monde.
Pepe Escobar / Asia Times: How al-Qaeda got to rule in Tripoli
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. After the Taliban took power in Kabul in 1996, the LIFG kept two training camps in Afghanistan; one of them, 30 kilometers north of Kabul – run by Abu Yahya – was strictly for al-Qaeda-linked jihadis.
After 9/11, Belhaj moved to Pakistan and also to Iraq, where he befriended none other than ultra-nasty Abu Musab al-Zarqawi – all this before al-Qaeda in Iraq pledged its allegiance to Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri and turbo-charged its gruesome practices.