January 11, 2013
been in bed with al-Qaeda in Libya; and, as the Syrianopposition itsel has armed in respect to Syria (byproclaiming that “we are all al-Nusra”), with the al-Qaeda-dominated Syrian opposition as well. These actsheets have all been provided to Members o Congress,who, in act, have access to even more precise inorma-tion than that available to LaRouchePAC rom thepublic domain.While the initial questioning o State Departmentocials in the House Oversight and GovernmentReorm Committee hearings Dec. 20 began to pin-point some serious issues, Congress has much more todo. To aid in the process, LaRouchePAC has ormu-lated the ollowing policy questions to be asked byCongressional investigators.
The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) waslisted as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) bythe U.S. State Department, the UN Security Council,and the U.K. Home Oce, beore it ocially dis-banded in February 2011, and merely renamed itsel the Libyan Islamic Movement or Change. In 2007,al-Qaeda had announced its merger with the LIFG.There are numerous links between the LIFG and9/11/2001 known to the U.S. rom interrogations inGuantanamo. Thus, Congress must ask:
How does the Obama Administration justiy allyingwith leading members o the LIFG in Libya? Did Obama authorize the decision to work with the LIFG?Given the U.S. State Department designation o the LIFG as an FTO, did anyone in the State Department object to this policy? Why has the Administration not designated the Libyan Islamic Movement or Changeas an FTO?
The emir o the LIFG,Abdel Hakim Belhadj,ought alongside Osamabin Laden in Aghanistan,and then moved with himto Sudan in 1992. He rantraining camps or al-Qa-eda in Aghanistan in thelate 1990s. He fed Kabulin 2001, and went withbin Laden to Tora Bora.He was listed as a co-con-spirator in the 2004Madrid bombings. In Libya, he received weaponsrom Qatar, in a transaction approved by Obama. Hebecame the military commander o the Tripoli Mili-tary Council in August 2011, and was responsible orsecurity at all oreign embassies. Thus Congress mustask:
Why did we ally with a known terrorist to over-throw Qaddaf? Why did we allow Qatar to provide Belhadj with weapons, bypassing the Transitional National Council (TNC)? Did the Obama Administra-tion protest Belhadj’s becoming responsible or secu-rity at all oreign embassies?
The February 17 Brigade
Gen. Abdul FattahYounis, the military com-mander o the TNC, wasassassinated on July 28,2011. The assassinationpaved the way or Belh-adj to become the mili-tary commander o theTripoli Military Council.A deputy o Younis, Mo-hammed Agoury, told As-sociated Press that the February 17 Brigade wasbehind the assassination. Other sources have said thatAnsar al-Sharia was responsible. Thus Congress mustask:
Why did the Obama Administration hire the Febru-ary 17 Brigade to provide security in Benghazi under these circumstances?
The February 17 Brigade was ormed by Ismael al-Sallabi. Belhadj was in Benghazi in April 2011 to helporm the Brigade. According to the Senate HomelandSecurity Committee report, the Brigade was involvedin extrajudicial detentions o U.S. diplomatic personnelprior to Sept. 11, 2012. On Sept. 11, according to theState Department Accountability Review Board (ARB),the February 17 Brigade guards at the mission ailed tonotiy the Brigade barracks. According to the SenateHomeland Security Committee, the Brigade ailed torespond to two calls or assistance rom the CIA annex.Thus Congress must ask:
Did the Obama Administration know that the Feb-ruary 17 Brigade was created by known LIFG opera-tives when we hired it? Why did the Obama Adminis-tration continue to employ the Brigade ater it
Abdel Hakim Belhadj
Abdel Fattah Younis