Who would have ever thought that less than 10 years after 9/11, an American President would be using our military to help Al-Qaeda fighters gain power in another nation. Yet, that’s exactly what’s going on in Libya today,
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.
Even though the LIFG is not part of the al-Qaeda organisation, the United States military’s West Point academy has said the two share an “increasingly co-operative relationship”. In 2007, documents captured by allied forces from the town of Sinjar, showed LIFG emmbers made up the second-largest cohort of foreign fighters in Iraq, after Saudi Arabia.
In other words, if you had the rebel commander, al-Hasidi, and Gaddafi in a room together and you only had one bullet, it would be a really tough call trying to figure out which one we’d want to shoot. Quite frankly, I’d have to admit that I’d be leaning towards blowing away al-Hasadi.
PS: You can tell Obama really put a tremendous amount of thought into this before he went to war — and, yes, that’s sarcasm.