The Benghazi scandal just keeps getting worse. Clearly Obama wanted to protect the illusion that the U.S. had supported a democratic uprising in Libya, but even Obama keeps saying the al-Qaeda is the enemy — and now this. “Libyan Leaks: Secret Document reveals Al-Qaeda “˜brother” put in control of U.S. Embassy in Tripoli,” by Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack, October 31:
A treasure trove of secret documents has been obtained by a Libyan
source who says that secularists in his country are increasingly wanting
to see Mitt Romney defeat Barack Obama on November 6th. This charge is
being made despite Muslim Brotherhood losses in Libyan elections last July which resulted in victory for the secularists. One of those documents may help explain this sentiment.
It shows that in supporting the removal of Gadhafi, the Obama
administration seemed to sign on to an arrangement that left forces
loyal to Al-Qaeda in charge of security at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli
from 2011 through at least the spring of 2012.
The National Transitional Council, which represented the political
apparatus that opposed Gadhafi in 2011 and served as the interim
government after his removal, made an extremely curious appointment in
August of 2011. That appointment was none other than Abdel Hakim Belhaj,
an Al-Qaeda ally and “˜brother”. Here is a copy of that letter
(translation beneath it):
Translated, the document reads:
National Transitional Council — Libya
Mr. Abdel Hakim Al-Khowailidi Belhaj
We would like to inform you that you have been commissioned to the
duties and responsibilities of the military committee of the city of
Tripoli. These include taking all necessary procedures to secure the
safety of the Capital and its citizens, its public and private property,
and institutions, to include all international embassies. To coordinate
with the local community of the city of Tripoli and the security
assembly and defense on a national level.
Mustafa Muhammad Abdul Jalil
President, National Transitional Council — Libya
Official Seal of National Transitional Council
Copy for file.
As for Belhaj’s bonafides as an Al-Qaeda ally, consider the words of
the notorious Ayman al-Zawahiri. In a report published one day prior to
the date on the memo above, ABC News quoted the Al-Qaeda leader as saying the following — in 2007 — about the man the NTC put in control of Tripoli in 2011:
“Dear brothers”¦ the amir of the mujahideen, the patient
and steadfast Abu-Abdallah al-Sadiq (Belhaj); and the rest of the
captives of the fighting Islamic group in Libya, here is good news for
you,” Zawahiri said in a video, using Belhaj’s nom de guerre. “Your
brothers are continuing your march after you”¦ escalating their
confrontation with the enemies of Islam: Gadhafi and his masters, the
crusaders of Washington.”
The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) was founded by Belhaj.
In a BBC report
from one month earlier — on July 4, 2011 — a man named Al-Amin Belhaj
was identified as an NTC spokesman and said the following:
“Everyone knows who Abdel Hakim Belhadj is. He is a Libyan rebel and a moderate person who commands wide respect.”
Abdel Hakim Belhaj had been identified in a video report embedded in the the BBC article as”¦
–¦about the most powerful man in Tripoli.“
Abdel Hakim Belhaj is many things but moderate is not one of them.
Interestingly, according to a report by the Jamestown Foundation in 2005, the man who attributed the “˜moderate” label to Abdel Hakim Belhaj was actually a leader with the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood:
This last week Al-Amin Belhadj, head of the Libyan Muslim
Brotherhood, issued a press release on the Arabic language section of
Libya-Watch, (Mu”assasat al-Raqib li-Huqquq al-Insan) calling for urgent
action on behalf of 86 Brotherhood members imprisoned since 1998 at
Tripoli’s Abu Salim prison and on hunger strike since October 7.