Abu Trump al-Amriki

Embattled at home in a do-or-die war (or “witch hunt”) against powerful factions of the deep state, President Trump, in the first stop of his first foreign trip, lands with pomp and circumstance in the ultimate totalitarian theocracy.



A brilliant analysis and comment by Pepe Escobar on Sputnik News 

Trump will be lavishly entertained by a parasite monarchy that for decades exports the ideological matrix of all forms of Salafi-jihadi terrorism; a regime that denies the rights of its own population and teaches them to hate foreigners, non-Muslims, women, art and a culture-heavy past (as in bombing priceless historical sites in Yemen).

The same regime still denies, as a state, any implication in financing the most extreme terror outfits – without, for that matter, preventing influent pious nationals of doing so on an individual basis; interferes in the religious culture of Sunni Muslim nations all over the world and sterilizes any possible debate about Islam; foments an ethnic-confessional war between Sunnis and Shi’ites that envelops the whole Middle East in fire and blood with the only objective of enfeebling geopolitical rival Iran, all the while meekly invoking American protection.

Talk about a nasty theocracy with no redeeming qualities.
And that’s only the short version.


Trump’s lavish Riyadh get-together is being billed as part of his drive to support the renaissance of US manufacturing. That translates in fact as yet another bonanza for the industrial-military-security-surveillance complex, in the form of a series of mega-deals that include the totalitarian theocracy buying over $100 billion – and possibly more than $300 billion — in US weaponry.

On the side, Trump will propose his Arab NATO scheme – which is essentially the formalization of an already existing NATO-GCC symbiosis. This Arab NATO will – in theory — fight some strands of Islamic fundamentalism (Daesh, but not, for instance, Jabhat al-Nusra), but most of all what the GCC bills as the “existential threat” of Iran as well as, subtext applies, Shi’ism.

This will all be enshrined at a banquet shared by the whole GCC petrodollar gang and over 50 Muslim-majority nation leaders, all guests of the Alzheimer-suffering House of Saud nominal head, King Salman. Both Syria and Iran have not been invited. Trump is bound to deliver a speech to the Muslim world – a portentous temerity in itself.

The Arab NATO will be de facto led by none other than Trump himself, with his second-in-command none other than Saudi Warrior Prince Mohammad bin Salman, aka MBS.

The massive, brand new US weaponizing will be deployed – as the NATO-GCC spin goes – for “defense” against Iran, and most of all “defense” against Syria and Yemen, which, as the record shows, are guilty of not being led by Wahhabi fanatics.

Every grain of sand in the Arabian desert knows the main jihadi brigades in Syria, the so-called Army of Conquest, led by al-Nusra, a.k.a. al-Qaeda, are funded by House of Saud-linked Wahhabi fanatics. Nusra will immensely benefit from the new weapon extravaganza.

On Iran, the House of Saud can even count on being fully supported by Trump’s generals, “Mad Dog” Mattis at the Pentagon and National Security Adviser HR McMaster, who’ve both been to Iraq and see Tehran as Evil incarnated.

When we add the cozy accommodation between Israel and Daesh, the whole panorama explodes any Dadaist/surrealist thermometer. Wounded Nusra jihadis have been routinely treated in Israeli military hospitals. When Daesh accidentally shelled Israelis in the occupied Golan Heights, Moshe Yaalon, former Israeli Minister of Defense, breathlessly stressed, the jihadis “immediately apologized to Israel.”

Of course they did. Daesh works to advance the key Israeli strategic objective across “Syraq”; to keep secular Arab states weak, fragmented, bleeding from perpetual wars. That also happens to be the exact same strategic objective of the US deep state, Trump or no Trump. The brand new massive weapons deal perfectly fits the bill.

So there could not be a more graphic illustration of how the battle lines are now drawn; on one side we have Washington, the House of Saud, GCC and Israel (the GCC is dying to strike a deal with Tel Aviv, selling the Palestinians down the drain for good); on the other side we have Iran, Syria – and Russia.

It’s raining cash for weapons!

The mere visit itself – with the whole House of Saud and its sprawling media empire gleefully prostrated in front of His Masters’ Voice – shows how little has changed since the good ol’ Roosevelt/King Saud USS Quincy days. Once again, the House of Saud is buying US protection – and the War Party Mafia certainly knows an “offer you can’t refuse” when it sees one.

The alliance between Abu Trump al-Amriki and deputy crown prince MBS is one for the ages. A selfish, aggressive warmonger posing as an economic expert, MBS is fast collecting powerful enemies in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia is a lowly rentier state, the Bedouin version, infested by paternalism. The Saudi population was estimated at 26 million last year; active population at 18 million. There are at least 9.4 million immigrant workers, and at least 2 million illegals. In practice, we have no more than 8 million Saudis in the workforce, with only 41% actually working full-time.

MBS has been all over the West’s capitals promoting the “Vision 2030” program which would – in theory – reduce Saudi dependency on oil. That includes, among other things, lower salaries for state functionaries; fewer energy subsidies; selling plots of land around Mecca; and most of all selling 5% of oil giant Aramco to foreign investors through a massive IPO to take place next year, possibly generating over $100 billion to be invested in nuclear and solar energy projects.

That’s all in the conditional. What’s certain is that while preaching austerity, MBS took only a few hours in summer last year to buy the yacht of Russian billionaire Yuri Sheffler for 550 million euros after he saw it during his holiday in the Cote d’Azur.

Then there’s Yemen — for all practical purposes the House of Saud’s and especially MBS’s Vietnam. As a direct consequence of MBS’s war, the UN estimates 17 million Yemenis are “food insecure,” a.k.a. starving, including 3.3 million pregnant and breast-feeding mothers and children. Trump fully supports the war on Yemen.

On Daesh, first-class Algerian writer Kamel Daoud has nailed it: “Daesh has a mother, the invasion of Iraq. But it also has a father, the ideological industry of Saudi Arabia.” Since 2009 WikiLeaks has made it clear that private donors in Saudi Arabia are the main source of financing for Salafi-jihadis.

Don’t expect Trump advisers to clue him in. Whatever it’s called, Salafism or Wahhabism, the official doctrine remains an ultra-puritan Islamism calling for an expansionist jihad. The House of Saud and a jihadi Caliphate are both sides of the same totalitarian theocracy coin. Trump welcomed by the House of Saud to fight Daesh qualifies as the ultimate Monty Python sketch.

Still, the House of Saud may always count on gullible/greedy Westerners – the same ol’ Roosevelt/King Saud effect. All it needs is a diversionist tactic. Enter, for instance, MBS’s interview broadcast a few weeks ago on al-Arabiya TV and Saudi TV, where he proclaims, “We will not wait until the battle is in Saudi Arabia, but we will work so the battle is there in Iran,” claiming, risibly, that Iranian Shi’ites want to seize Mecca. Actually, for years there have been secret CIA scenarios gaming exactly that – perpetrated by US commandos.

When MBS promised, like a Drama Queen, ahead of Trump’s visit, to carry “the war” against Iran into Iranian territory, he may have bitten more than he can chew. It might just be possible that Trump won’t frontally antagonize Tehran from now on, as he needs both Iran and Russia for some sort of peace deal in Syria (as Trump, Tillerson and Lavrov discussed at the White House).

So, for the moment, why not bask in the glow of Saudi adulation? It’s raining cash for weapons, and no one better than Abu Trump al-Amriki knows there’s no business like (proxy) war business.


The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.



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Sayyed Nasrallah Advises Saudis to Talk to Iran: We’re Stronger than Ever

Zeinab Essa

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered Thursday a speech commemorating 17 years on the Liberation and Resistance Day.

Sayyed Nasrallah Advises Saudis to Talk to Iran: We're Stronger than Ever

Appearing via video link, Sayyed Nasrallah addressed a huge crowd of people who gathered in Hermel [city of martyrs] to celebrate the event.

At the beginning of his speech, the Resistance leader praised the role and sacrifices of Baalbeck- Hermel region in supporting the Resistance that led the liberation as well as in facing the takfiri scheme.

“This spirit and will were repeated in the Bekaa, Hermel and Baalbek, and when the events started in Syria and the armed groups seized control of the border with Bekaa, and when Hermel was hit by rockets and car bombs, you were the ones who confronted the situation, not the foreign forces who were offering them arms and financial and political support,” he said.

As he praised the sacrifices of people in Baalbeck- Hermel, he addressed them by saying: “You stood by your national army and offered martyrs and the entire resistance stood by you. The same as Hermel’s youths fell as martyrs in the South, the young men of the South came to Hermel’s outskirts to fall as martyrs there.”

He further reminded that when “Israel” occupied Lebanon, including the capital Beirut, the world remained silent. “When “Israel” invaded Lebanon in 1982, the entire world stood idly by and when the occupation army occupied around half of Lebanon including Beirut, no one in the world lifted a finger,” Sayyed Nasrallah added.

Warning that we are today witnessing a very critical stage in the history of Lebanon and the region, His Eminence stressed that on the Resistance and Liberation Day, we repeat what we say every year: “The only and only 2 countries that supported and stood by Lebanon in its resistance in face of “Israel” were the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Syrian Arab Republic.

He also slammed the fact that some Arab countries offered support for “Israel” in its occupation of Lebanon.

Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say that this historical victory happened as a result of great cooperation between the army, resistance and people.

“When the Lebanese took the decision to resist the occupation and liberate the land, the Islamist and national factions in Lebanon took this decision and used their modest capabilities, achieving gradual liberation and the grand victory on May 25, 2000, without waiting for anything from Arab, Muslim or Western countries, the US, the Security Council, the Arab League the Organization of the Islamic Community.”

According to His Eminence, “The destiny of the people is made by the people themselves whether in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Palestine.”

In this context, he gave the example of the Palestinian that was inherited from one generation to another as most of people present in the battlefield are youth.

Moreover, he viewed that the new generations must acknowledge that the grand victory is the result of the sacrifices of the resistance fighters of all factions, including the Islamic Resistance, AMAL, the Lebanese National Resistance factions, the Palestinian resistance factions, and the Syrian army forces.

“We must always remember names that contributed to this victory, such as Imam Moussa al-Sadr, Sayyed Abbas al-Moussawi, Sheikh Ragheb Harb, Leader Imad Mughniyeh and others,” Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized.

Regarding the situation in Arsal outskirts, Sayyed Nasrallah announced that the situation shouldn’t continue as we are “keen on preserving bloodshed .”

“The current situation can’t continue , the outskirts contain armed groups and would-be suicide bombers who are threatening the region and its neighbors and I tell the armed groups in the outskirts that they have reached a dead end, he said noting that ” people in Arsal as well as the government must exert efforts to put an end to this situation.”

On another level, His Eminence urged the people in Bekaa to cooperate with the security agencies as he stressed the importance of this official security effort in the face of the violations in this region.

“You must show further cooperation with the army and security forces to achieve this goal which will reflect positively on everyone,” he clarified.

Sayyed Nasrallah went on to comment on the internal political debate over an electoral law.

“There is not much time left to June 20 but we still hope to reach a new electoral law,” he said, pointing out that “some new ideas were proposed over the past two days and they might lead to a good result.”

Stressing the importance of reaching a new law for the sake of the country,” His Eminence reiterated the 3 Nos. “We have said no to vacuum, no to extension and no the 1960 law.”

“As the political forces have a period until June 20, this logically means that an extraordinary legislative session is a must to reach the desired result,” he explained.

On the regional level, Sayyed Nasrallah assured the Lebanese that the decisions taken in the Riyadh summit will have no impact on the Lebanese arena.

“Since General Aoun was elected as president, good consensus has been reached inside country over a host of issues. We’ve agreed to distance Lebanon from the surrounding problems. We have reached an understanding in Lebanon to differ over political matters, but follow the same line on economic and security matters.”

According to His Eminence, the Riyadh summit was simply organized to glorify racist US President Donald Trump, threaten the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as the resistance axis in Iraq ,eighboring Syria and Lebanon.

“They sought to glorify Trump who has disrespected Islam as well as Arab nations the most during his presidential campaigning,” he said, asking the leaders in Riyadh: Hadn’t Trump previously called for milking Saudi Arabia of money and then eliminating it.

“Why all that honoring to Trump knowing that he is the most US president who offended Arabs, Muslims, Gulf countries, and Saudis in his electoral campaign? Isn’t he the first US president to forbid Muslims from eight countries to visit US? Isn’t he the president who loves “Israel the most?” Sayyed Nasrallah wondered

He also elaborated that KSA invited Trump to get his support in the face of rising global criticism of its role in terrorism and to present Saudi Arabia as the center of decision in the region.

“The entire world knows that Saudi Arabia is behind the spread of terrorist Takfiri ideology,” he said noting that “the Saudi-backed terrorists were wreaking havoc across the world and their damage was not limited to a single country or the Islamic world, but had spread to the Western countries as well.”

On this level, His Eminence reiterated: “Saudi Arabia is the center of world terrorism. It is responsible for the creation and supplying arms and munitions to al-Qaeda, Taliban and Daesh terrorists groups. The kingdom’s Wahhabi ideology is fanning the flames of sectarianism and sedition in the Muslim world. Don’t Daesh scholars teach the books of Mohammad Bin Abd Wahhab?”

His Eminence also underscored that Riyadh statement was not approved and discussed by the Arab leaders as claimed but only by the US president and Saudis.

Moving to Bahrain, Sayyed Nasrallah slammed the Bahraini regime’s heinous crimes in Diraz. And the house arrest applied on Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim.

“The Bahraini king did not meet the rightful demands, he rather referred to oppression,” His Eminence mentioned, noting that “the Bahrain king took the green light from the US president to go on with his oppression.”

Turning to Saudi Arabia’s military onslaught against Yemen, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the Yemeni nation’s steadfastness, emphasizing that the Riyadh regime is perpetrating crimes against humanity in the impoverished country through starving and slaughtering ordinary people.

The Resistance leader underlined that Saudi Arabia was haplessly seeking to isolate Iran.

He added that Saudi officials had paid billions of dollars to US statesmen in this regard forgetting all about the plights of poor Muslims.

 

Noting that Saudi Arabia’s aggression of Yemen was a clear political and military failure, Sayyed Nasrallah advised Saudi authorities to put hostility towards Iran aside and engage in negotiations with Iran.

He also leveled strident criticism against Arab leaders for their disregard of the important role that Iran is playing against terrorism in the Middle East region.

His Eminence also dismissed allegations against Hezbollah resistance movement as “repetitive,” stressing that members of the group were unfazed by ongoing threats and were fully prepared to defend their land, nation and the future of their children.

The Resistance Leader stressed that the resistance movement in the region was stronger than ever, adding that Daesh terrorists will soon be defeated in both Iraq and Syria.

“As for us there is nothing to fear of. We have always been on the US list of terrorism and nothing have changed,” he said.

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Same as with Syria, UK government refers to Libya terrorists as “Rebels” and allows them entry

Sorted’ by MI5: How UK government sent British-Libyans to fight Gaddafi

Middle East Eye | May 2017

Fighters say government operated ‘open door’ policy allowing them to join rebels, as authorities investigate background of Manchester bomber

A mural in Tripoli paying tribute to fighters from Manchester who joined the 17 February Martyrs’ Brigade during Libya’s revolution against Gaddafi (AFP)

The British government operated an “open door” policy that allowed Libyan exiles and British-Libyan citizens to join the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi even though some had been subject to counter-terrorism control orders, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Several former rebel fighters now back in the UK told MEE that they had been able to travel to Libya with “no questions asked” as authorities continued to investigate the background of a British-Libyan suicide bomber who killed 22 people in Monday’s attack in Manchester.

 

Salman Abedi, 22, the British-born son of exiled dissidents who returned to Libya as the revolution against Gaddafi gathered momentum, is also understood to have spent time in the North African country in 2011 and to have returned there on several subsequent occasions.

British police have said they believe the bomber, who returned to Manchester just a few days before the attack, was part of a network and have arrested six people including Abedi’s older brother since Monday.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said that Abedi was known to security services, while a local community worker told the BBC that several people had reported him to the police via an anti-terrorism hotline.



Salman Abedi travelled to Libya during the country’s 2011 revolution (Police handout)

On Wednesday, authorities in Tripoli said that Abedi’s younger brother and father, who had resettled in Libya after the revolution, had also been arrested on suspicion of links to the Islamic State (IS) group, which claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.

Sources spoken to by MEE suggest that the government facilitated the travel of Libyan exiles and British-Libyan residents and citizens keen to fight against Gaddafi including some who it deemed to pose a potential security threat.

‘No questions asked’

One British citizen with a Libyan background who was placed on a control order – effectively house arrest – because of fears that he would join militant groups in Iraq said he was “shocked” that he was able to travel to Libya in 2011 shortly after his control order was lifted.

“I was allowed to go, no questions asked,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.

He said he had met several other British-Libyans in London who also had control orders lifted in 2011 as the war against Gaddafi intensified, with the UK, France and the US carrying out air strikes and deploying special forces soldiers in support of the rebels.

“They didn’t have passports, they were looking for fakes or a way to smuggle themselves across,” said the source.

But within days of their control orders being lifted, British authorities returned their passports, he said.

“These were old school LIFG guys, they [the British authorities] knew what they were doing,” he said, referring to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, an anti-Gaddafi Islamist militant group formed in 1990 by Libyan veterans of the fight against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

The British government listed the LIFG as a proscribed terrorist organisation in 2005, describing it as seeking to establish a “hard-line Islamic state” and “part of the wider Islamist extremist movement inspired by al-Qaeda”. Former members of the LIFG deny that the group had any links with al-Qaeda and say it was committed only to removing Gaddafi from power.

Belal Younis, another British citizen who went to Libya, described how he was stopped under ‘Schedule 7’ counter-terrorism powers on his return to the UK after a visit to the country in early 2011. Schedule 7 allows police and immigration officials to detain and question any person passing through border controls at ports and airports to determine whether they are involved in terrorism.

He said he was subsequently asked by an intelligence officer from MI5, the UK’s domestic security agency: “Are you willing to go into battle?”

“While I took time to find an answer he turned and told me the British government have no problem with people fighting against Gaddafi,” he told MEE.

Travel ‘sorted’ by MI5

As he was travelling back to Libya in May 2011 he was approached by two counter-terrorism police officers in the departure lounge who told him that if he was going to fight he would be committing a crime.

But after providing them with the name and phone number of the MI5 officer he had spoken to previously, and following a quick phone call to him, he was waved through.

As he waited to board the plane, he said the same MI5 officer called him to tell him that he had “sorted it out”.

“The government didn’t put any obstacles in the way of people going to Libya,” he told MEE.

“The vast majority of UK guys were in their late twenties. There were some 18 and 19. The majority who went from here were from Manchester.”

But he said he thought it was unlikely that Abedi, who would only have been 16 at the time, would have been recruited as a fighter.

“The guys I was fighting with would never put a 16-year-old boy anywhere near the frontline.”

Younis said he did not think that the policy of allowing British-Libyans to fight againt Gaddafi had been a contributing factor in Monday’s attack, pointing out that IS was not present in the country at the time – and said he had no regrets about his decision to fight.

“What inspired me to go to Libya was the liberty of civilians. There’s no way that that can morph into killing children,” he said.

Another British citizen with experience of fighting in both Libya and in Syria with rebel groups also told MEE that he had been able to travel to and from the UK without disruption.

“No questions were asked,” he said.

The majority of the fighters flew to Tunisia and then crossed the border into Libya, while others travelled via Malta, he said.

“The whole Libyan diaspora were out there fighting alongside the rebel groups,” he added.



Libyan rebel fighters pictured in the oil port of Brega in March 2011 (AFP)

One British-Libyan man from Manchester who also wished to remain anonymous told MEE that he had travelled frequently to Libya during the 2011 revolution to undertake humanitarian aid work.

“I never got prevented from going to Libya or stopped when I tried to come back,” he said.

The man said that he had come across Salman Abedi at their local mosque in the Didsbury neighbourhood but that he had “kept himself to himself” and was not an active member of the community.

His family, who were originally from Tripoli, had returned to Libya, he said.

“I guess if your family is away from you that sense of belonging dissipates. For us Libyans in Manchester – they’re trying to imply we knew. He was just an individual and he’s nothing to do with us.”

Another person who knew Abedi described him as a “hot head” with a reputation for involvement in petty crime.

“Yesterday they’re drug dealers, today they’re Muslims,” he said, adding that he believed Abedi had also been friends with Anil Khalil Raoufi, an IS recruiter from Didsbury who was killed in Syria in 2014.

‘Elite SAS training’

One of the British-Libyans spoken to by MEE described how he had carried out “PR work” for the rebels in the months before Gaddafi was overthrown and eventually killed in October 2011.

He said he was employed to edit videos showing Libyan rebels being trained by former British SAS and Irish special forces mercenaries in Benghazi, the eastern city from where the uprising against Gaddafi was launched.

“They weren’t cheap videos with Arabic nasheeds [songs], they were slick, professional glossy films which we were showing Qataris and Emiratis to support troops who were getting elite SAS training.”

He was also tasked by rebel commanders with training young Libyans to use cameras so that they could sell packages to international media.



A volunteer fighter from Manchester pictured in Ajdabiya in eastern Libya in April 2011 (AFP)

On one assignment at a rebel base camp in a Misrata school, he came across a group of about eight young British-Libyans. After joking about their northern accents he found out that they had never been to Libya before.

“They looked about 17 or 18, maybe one was 20 at most. They had proper Manchester accents,” he said. “They were there living and fighting and doing the whole nine yards.”

Many Libyan exiles in the UK with links to the LIFG were placed on control orders and subjected to surveillance and monitoring following the rapprochement between the British and Libyan governments sealed by the so-called “Deal in the Desert” between then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Gaddafi in 2004.

 

According to documents retrieved from the ransacked offices of the Libyan intelligence agency following Gaddafi’s fall from power in 2011, British security services cracked down on Libyan dissidents in the UK as part of the deal, as well as assisting in the rendition of two senior LIFG leaders, Abdel Hakim Belhaj and Sami al-Saadi, to Tripoli where they allege they were tortured.

Belhaj later returned to Libya and was a leading figure in the uprising against Gaddafi, while another former Libyan exile subjected to a control order in the UK was later tasked with providing security for visiting dignitaries including British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, MEE understands.

‘When the revolution started, things changed’

Ziad Hashem, an LIFG member granted asylum in the UK, said in 2015 that he had been imprisoned for 18 months without charge and then restricted to his home for a further three years based on information he believed had been supplied by Libyan intelligence.

But he said: “When the revolution started, things changed in Britain. Their way of speaking to me and treating me was different. They offered to give me benefits, even indefinite leave to remain or citizenship.”

Control orders were introduced as part of counter-terrorism legislation drafted in the aftermath of the 2005 London bombings.

They allowed authorities to restrict the activities of people suspected of involvement in terrorism-related activities by requiring them to remain at a registered address for up to 16 hours a day, subjecting them to electronic tagging, limiting their access to telephone and internet communications, and banning them from meeting or communicating with other people deemed to be of concern.

At least 50 people were subjected to the measure with at least 12 Libyan exiles among them.

Control orders were replaced with Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs), which allow authorities to impose many of the same restrictions while limiting their term to two years, in 2011.

The Home Office told MEE it did not comment on individual cases. It said that TPIMs were a robust and effective means for dealing with terrorism suspects who could not be prosecuted or deported.

It said that arrangements involving the police, the Home Office and the Security Service (MI5) had been put in place in 2011 during the transition from control orders to TPIMs to ensure that national security was maintained.

Areeb Ullah contributed to this story

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UK Proscribed terrorist organization, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), maintains large presence in Manchester area and is now being linked to recent blast. 

May 24, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – As suspected and as was the case in virtually all recent terror attacks carried out in Europe – including both in France and Belgium – the suspect involved in the recent Manchester blast which killed 22 and injured scores more was previously known to British security and intelligence agencies.

The Telegraph in its article, “Salman Abedi named as the Manchester suicide bomber – what we know about him,” would report:

Salman Abedi, 22, who was reportedly known to the security services, is thought to have returned from Libya as recently as this week.

While initial reports attempted to craft a narrative focused on a a “lone wolf” attacker who organized and executed the blast himself, the nature of the improvised explosive device used and the details of the attack revealed what was certainly an operation carried out by someone who either acquired militant experience through direct contact with a terrorist organization, or was directed by a terrorist organization with extensive experience.

A Thriving Terrorist Community in the Midst of Manchester 

The same Telegraph article would also admit (emphasis added):

A group of Gaddafi dissidents, who were members of the outlawed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), lived within close proximity to Abedi in Whalley Range.

Among them was Abd al-Baset Azzouz, a father-of-four from Manchester, who left Britain to run a terrorist network in Libya overseen by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor as leader of al-Qaeda. 

Azzouz, 48, an expert bomb-maker, was accused of running an al-Qaeda network in eastern Libya. The Telegraph reported in 2014 that Azzouz had 200 to 300 militants under his control and was an expert in bomb-making. 

Another member of the Libyan community in Manchester, Salah Aboaoba told Channel 4 news in 2011 that he had been fund raising for LIFG while in the city. Aboaoba had claimed he had raised funds at Didsbury mosque, the same mosque attended by Abedi.

Thus, the required experience for the recent Manchester attack exists in abundance within the community’s Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) members.

LIFG is in fact a proscribed terrorist group listed as such by the United Kingdom’s government in 2005, and still appears upon its list of “Proscribed terrorist groups or organisations,” found on the government’s own website.

The accompanying government list (PDF) states explicitly regarding LIFG that:

The LIFG seeks to replace the current Libyan regime with a hard-line Islamic state. The group is also part of the wider global Islamist extremist movement, as inspired by Al Qa’ida. The group has mounted several operations inside Libya, including a 1996 attempt to assassinate Mu’ammar Qadhafi.

Thus, astoundingly, according to the Telegraph, a thriving community of listed terrorists exists knowingly in the midst of the British public, without any intervention by the UK government, security, or intelligence agencies – with members regularly travelling abroad and participating in armed conflict and terrorist activities before apparently returning home – not only without being incarcerated, but apparently also without even being closely monitored.

LIFG also appears on the US State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Astoundingly, it appears under a section titled, “Delisted Foreign Terrorist Organizations,” and indicates that it was removed as recently as 2015.

Elsewhere on the US State Department’s website, is a 2012 report where LIFG is described:

On November 3, 2007, [Al Qaeda (AQ)] leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced a formal merger between AQ and LIFG. However, on July 3, 2009, LIFG members in the United Kingdom released a statement formally disavowing any association with AQ.

The report also makes mention of LIFG’s role in US-led NATO regime change operations in Libya in 2011 (emphasis added):

In early 2011, in the wake of the Libyan revolution and the fall of Qadhafi, LIFG members created the LIFG successor group, the Libyan Islamic Movement for Change (LIMC), and became one of many rebel groups united under the umbrella of the opposition leadership known as the Transitional National Council. Former LIFG emir and LIMC leader Abdel Hakim Bil-Hajj was appointed the Libyan Transitional Council’s Tripoli military commander during the Libyan uprisings and has denied any link between his group and AQ.

Indeed, a literal senior Al Qaeda-affiliate leader would head the regime put into power by US-led military operations – which included British forces.

Not only this, but prominent US politicians would even travel to Libya to personally offer support to Bil-Hajj (also spelled Belhaj). In one notorious image, US Senator John McCain is seen shaking hands with and offering a gift to the terrorist leader in the wake of the Libyan government’s collapse.

The US State Department’s report regarding LIFG ends with information about its “area of operation,” claiming (emphasis added):

Since the late 1990s, many members have fled to southwest Asia, and European countries, particularly the UK.

For the residents of Manchester, the British government appears to have categorically failed to inform them of the threat living openly in their midst. While the British population is divided and distracted with a more general strategy of tension focused on Islam, Muslims, and Islamophobia, the very specific threat of US-UK sanctioned terrorists living and operating within British communities is overlooked by the public.

However – for British security and intelligence agencies – it is unlikely that such an obvious security threat was merely “overlooked.” That extremists thrive within British communities without government intervention indicates complicity, not incompetence.

LIFG Terrorists Are Anglo-America’s Helping Hands

The Guardian in a 2011 article titled, “The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group – from al-Qaida to the Arab spring,” would claim:

British intelligence and security service interest in Libya has focused for 20 years on the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), whether it was opposing Muammar Gaddafi and working with al-Qaida, later renouncing its old jihadi worldview – or taking part in the armed uprising that has now overthrown the regime.

The article in reality is nothing more than an attempt to portray a listed terrorist organization as “reformed” ahead of increased public awareness regarding the true nature of Libya’s US and British-backed “rebels.”

LIFG members would not only assist the US and British governments in the 2011 overthrow of the Libyan government, they would also move on – with Western arms and cash – to NATO-member Turkey where they staged an invasion of northern Syria.

The Telegraph in a November 2011 article titled, “Leading Libyan Islamist met Free Syrian Army opposition group,” would report:

Abdulhakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council and the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, “met with Free Syrian Army leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey,” said a military official working with Mr Belhadj. “Mustafa Abdul Jalil (the interim Libyan president) sent him there.”

The article would continue by reporting:

The meetings came as a sign of a growing ties between Libya’s fledgling government and the Syrian opposition. The Daily Telegraph on Saturday revealed that the new Libyan authorities had offered money and weapons to the growing insurgency against Bashar al-Assad. 

Mr Belhaj also discussed sending Libyan fighters to train troops, the source said. Having ousted one dictator, triumphant young men, still filled with revolutionary fervour, are keen to topple the next. The commanders of armed gangs still roaming Tripoli’s streets said yesterday that “hundreds” of fighters wanted to wage war against the Assad regime. 

Revealed once again is a convenient intersection of terrorist and US-British interests – this time in pursuit of regime change in Syria in the wake of successful US-UK backed regime change in Libya.

Confirming that these plans to send Libyan extremists to fight in Syria were eventually executed is CNN’s 2012 article, “Libya rebels move onto Syrian battlefield,” which reported:

Under the command of one of Libya’s most well known rebel commanders, Al-Mahdi al-Harati, more than 30 Libyan fighters have made their way into Syria to support the Free Syrian Army rebels in their war against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Al Harati’s army of Libyan terrorists would expand to hundreds, possibly thousands of fighters and later merge with other Syrian militant groups including Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise – Jabhat Al Nusra. In Libya, LIFG fighters have divided themselves among various warring factions, including Al Qaeda and Islamic State affiliates.

As these terrorists filter out of Syria and back home, those hailing from LIFG are mainly returning to the UK where they have been known by US and British security and intelligence agencies for years to exist. With them they will be bringing back the technical knowledge and experience needed to carry out devastating attacks like the recent blast that targeted Manchester.

It is terrorism that follows as a direct result of British foreign and domestic policy – supporting terrorists abroad and deliberately refusing to dismantle their networks at home – all as they feed fighters and resources into the US-UK proxy war still raging in Syria.

The British government is directly responsible for the recent Manchester blast. It had foreknowledge of LIFG’s existence and likely its activities within British territory and not only failed to act, but appears to have actively harbored this community of extremists for its own geopolitical and domestic agenda.

The recent blast will only reinforce the unsophisticated “tolerance versus bigotry” narrative that has gripped British society, entirely sidestepping the reality of government sanctioned terrorism wielded both abroad and against its own people – not for ideological or religious purposes – but purely in pursuit of geopolitical hegemony.

That the US and UK are using terrorists to expedite their respective geopolitical objectives should come as no surprise – particularly in regards to LIFG – since the organization itself branched out of Washington’s mercenary fighters used against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

What is surprising is that the Western public continues to react emotionally to each terrorist attack individually rather than rationally, seeing the much larger picture and pattern. And until the Western public sees that bigger picture and pattern, fear, injustice, murder, and mayhem will continue to dominate their lives and futures.

Alliance of Convenience: Why Israel Supports ISIS?

The Nile does not pass through the Saudi empty quarter

Editor Note:

The below article written by Naram Sarjone was posted in several Arab sites. Naram, though still suspecisous on Sisi’s real stand, he hailed the Sisi’s Riyadh speech.

I am reposting his speech with English  subtiles for English speaking readers,

Let us wait and see, Thus said Naram Sirjone.  Thats exactly what I said on Feb 5, 2014 to my old commrade Daniel Mabsout after reading his Article titled: AL SISI AND THE UPROOTED PALESTINIAN CAUSE, where he wrote in his deleted site:

danielmabsout.wordpress.com is no longer available.

The authors have deleted this site.

“How can a blog called Uprooted Palestinians supposed to be a tribune for the Palestinian cause stand with those who cooperate and coordinate with Israel and promote those who recognize and compromise with Israel ?
Isn’t the goal of this global war on Syria to liquidate the Palestinian Cause ? Isn’t the Egyptian army the greatest recipient of US military aid ?
Doesn’t this army contribute up top twenty percent of the National income? Isn’t this aid provided by the US administration so that this army remains the vigil guardian of the shameful agreements with the usurping state of Israel?
How can such an army be compared to the Syrian Army ?
How can the closing of Rafah border or the tightening of the siege or the destruction of the tunnels or the abduction of Gaza fishermen serve the Palestinian Cause ?
Isn’t this done in coordination with Israel and the Palestinian Authority ?
How does this serve Syria and the Axis of the Resistance?
Or Syria is no more part of this Axis? Is it accepted that members of Hizbullah who offered logistic help to Gaza during the 2007 assault be prosecuted by the Egyptian Court and tracked by the Interpol? Is al Sisi to be praised for this as well ?”
I challenged Daiel to give a quote where I said:
  • That closing of Rafah border or the tightening of the siege or the destruction of the tunnels or the abduction of Gaza fishermen serve the Palestinian Cause.
  • That Syria is no more a part of resistance axis, or
  • That members of Hizbullah who offered logistic help to Gaza during the 2007 assault should be prosecuted by the Egyptian Court,
  • Where I compared the Egyptian Army to the Syrian Army ?
I said: Let us wait and see, and I said: Sisi in no NASSER, and No Mubarak, and I said: the Giant is neither sleeping nor dead. full stop. 
This blog was against the war on Iraq, and destroying the Iraqi army, though that Army under the leadership of Saddam fought an 8 years American war to destroy the Great Islamic revolution in Iran,
And this blog is against the ongoing destruction of both the Syrian army and Egypts Army, though its “the greatest recipient of US military aid,” contributing “up top twenty percent of the National income”
The liar knows that the dispute with him is on Syria, and his Brotherhoods bastards, he calls the “so-called terrorists”

The real problem with Daniel, is his double standard, he blames Sisi for camp David and defend Mursi, (34 YEARS OF ISRAELI-EGYPTIAN RELATION BLAMED ON MORSI), thus ignoring the following facts:

  • Mursi represents an 80 years old party, and the history of the party as a tool for the world order specially during the Saudi age that started after 1967 (In particular, the MB’s war on Syria that started on late 1970’s .
  • Ignoring that Sadat (Who poisoned Nasser) enjoyed Islamist’s support
  • Ignoring that MB where one of the domesticated opposition during all over Mubarak’s period
  • Sisi, despite his rank, is a officer in what you called (THE UNITED STATES ARMY OF EGYPT) , who followed the orders  of Tantawi, (This is my reply to my friend Jeff Blankfort)

I am not defending Sisi, but like millions of Egyptians, if I have to select in between Mursi and Sisi (especially after he declared his sectarian war on Syria and Lebanon’s resistance), I chose SISI, and in doing that I am betting on what you wrongly called the “sleeping giant”, who will not allow another Mubarak, so I said:

Let us wait and see. 

More here

More over, Daniel wrote:

This war on terrorism is nothing more than shifting of the original struggle with Israel ; it serves more than a purpose. It replaces the fight with Israel with another fight that benefits Israel and the world order . It keeps the Arab armies busy fighting a fictitious enemy called Terrorism created by the establishment.

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بالفيديو … السيسي في خطاب يستحق الثناء: نهر النيل لايمر بالربع الخالي 

تاجر البندقية المصري وأرطال اللحم الدامي.. واسكندرون رطل لحمنابقلم نارام سرجون

قد تكون الكتابة عن سياسي مثل الرئيس المصري عبد الفتاح السيسي من قبل كاتب مثلي حذر جدا في اطلاق الأحكام .. قد تبدو مغامرة غير مأمونة الجوانب وتسرعا غير حصيف ..

وأحس أنني بالكتابة عن السياسة المصرية هذه الأيام كمن أدخل هرما من أهرامات مصر وأحاول أن أفسر النقوش الفرعونية ودفاتر الفراعنة الجدارية وملايين الصور والرموز وأنا لاأتقن الهيروغليفية وقاموسي قاموس مسماري .. المغامرة أيضا تأتي بسبب أن تجربتنا مع الربيع العربي كانت صادمة فلايزال طعم النصل في ظهورنا من قبل مفكرين وكتاب وسياسيين وزعماء .. ولايزال مذاق السيوف في صدورنا من أولئك الذين وضعناهم في صدورنا وقلوبنا ومن أولئك الذين وهبناهم أعمارنا .. فاذا بهم يضربوننا بالسيوف والخناجر في قلوبنا وأكبادنا وعيوننا ولايوجد شريان في أجسادنا لم يقطع بسيوفهم ..

فهل سننسى عزمي بشارة أم سننسى القرضاوي أم سننسى حماس؟؟ وهل سينسى أي سوري اسم أردوغان بعد الف عام؟؟ ..

ومع هذا فانني ورغم عدم قدرتي على فهم الهيروغليفية في السياسة المصرية فانني أستطيع ان ألاحظ حجم الارتياح لكلماته في المؤتمر بين أبناء الشعب السوري .. والاحظ عدد الرسائل التي وصلتني وهي تطلب مني أن ارى مقطع الفيديو للسيسي وفيها نوع من الدهشة أن يقول رئيس مصري مثل هذا الكلام في هذا الزمن الرديء الذي لاتقال فيه كلمة حق والذي تكتم السعودية أنفاس كل من ينتقدها وكل من يتفهم الوجع السوري .. لأن الاعلام العربي النفطي الذي واظب على تحطيم اسم عبد الناصر ومزق تراثه الوطني ونهوضه باسم مصر ومكانتها حاول أن يكرس قناعة لدى الجمهور العربي أن عبد الناصر وهم مضى ولن يعود .. وأن أي رئيس مصري لن يكون له همّ الا أن يرضي الغرب وأن لايغضب آبار النفط .. وأن ابا الهول المبني من الصخر ماهو الا خرافة مصرية مبنية من الرمل ..

اقول بأن خطاب الرئيس عبد الفتاح السيسي أمام ترامب وقطيعه الاسلامي والعربي في السعودية كان خطابا يستحق الثناء .. وهو كلام شجاع وكل كلمة فيه تشي بأننا أمام رجل مختلف وأن للرجل مشروعا طموحا .. وماقاله هو أول كلام مصري مستقل منذ أربعين سنة .. لأن السياسة المصرية منذ كامب ديفيد كانت تعتمد مبدأ (النأي بالنفس) الذي اجترحه ميشيل سليمان نقلا عن مبدأ السادات الشهير: (الله واحنا مالنا؟؟ ) وعقيدة (ونحارب ليه؟؟) ..

وماقاله السيسي بتعبير آخر هو: “لا للنأي بالنفس” .. ولكنه ربما أيضا ناجم عن أول انقشاعات الحرب على سورية .. والشعور بالثقة لأول مرة بالقدرة على الانعتاق من القيد الخليجي بسبب نتيجة الصراع التي تميل لكفة سورية وحلفائها والقدرة على الرؤية من قلب غبار الحرب بوادر النصر السوري .. فالساسة المصريون ربما صاروا قادرين على رؤية الشرق الاوسط الجديد الذي دشنه الشعب السوري وحلفاؤه وعمدوه بالدم .. حيث يتحطم المشروع الاسلامي الوهابي العثماني وينهض محور متماد يمتد من روسية وبحر قزوين الى البحر المتوسط ليمسك بقلب العالم .. ويولد شرق جديد مليء بالطاقة الجديدة .. فيما الشرق القديم يموت ببطء ويحاول السعوديون شراء مزيد من العمر للشرق القديم ولمملكتهم القديمة بالأيام والساعات .. بالمال ورشوة الامريكان ورئيس الأمريكان وابنته وزوجته وشركاته .. بل والتبرع بالقتال والموت نيابة عنهم .. وهم يدخلون آخر معاركهم .. التي تسبق لحن النهاية ..

أعترف أنه من المبكر الثناء على أي خطاب قادم من كواليس السياسة العربية وعدم الاندفاع وراء الأوهام والكلمات المذهبة ومعسول اللغة والتصريحات .. وأعرف أنه لايزال هناك مالايفهم في الغزل السعودي المصري .. وفي هدية تيران وصنافير لملك السعودية ..

وأعرف أن اليمن يتألم من صمت مصر ومشاركتها الاسمية في حملة القتل والابادة .. ولكن علينا أن نعترف أن السيسي قد أوقف محرقة كبرى كانت تعد للمنطقة عبر الاخوان المسلمين المصريين الذين كان لديهم مشروع رهيب أرعن للانخراط في حرب مذهبية ونشر الحروب الدينية من لبنان الى ايران لتبرير حكم المنطقة لمئة سنة .. وكانت أنهار الدم ستسيل وتصبغ وجه الأرض في منطقتنا .. لأن محمد مرسي كان سيرسل الجيش المصري وعشرات آلاف المتطوعين المصريين للقتال والجهاد في سورية والعراق الى جانب الأتراك لبناء المشروع الاسلامي وليتناطح الجميع في معركة هاماجيدونية طاحنة مع ايران ..

وقد تحرك السيسي في توقيت محكم وأوقف اطلاق المجزرة المجنونة التي كانت ستأكل ابناء مصر وسورية والعراق وايران ولبنان وتركيا .. وهذا انجاز لايمكن ان نتجاهله ..

لانملك الا الوقت والانتظار لنعرف ان كان السيسي يعني مايعنيه برفضه املاءات الخليج والغرب في توصيف الحرب على الارهاب أم أنه يتغطى بهذه الكلمات ليغطي تحركا مصريا مغايرا .. كما تغطى غيره بكلمات أحلى وأبهى ..

أنا شخصيا اميل للاعتقاد انه يحمل مشروعا مصريا وطنيا مختلفا ولكني لاأعرف حدوده ولن أجازف بتوقعه ورسم مداراته .. وأميل ايضا للاعتقاد أنه يحاول أن يعيد لمصر بعض استقلالها وبعض هيبتها السياسية التي حفظت في متاحف الزمن الناصري وأقفلت عليها الأقفال الحديدية .. ولكن هيبة مصر لايمكن ان تعود الا اذا عادت عاصمة للرفض .. وليس هناك الا وصفة واحدة لصنع الهيبة من ذائقة الرفض .. هي مزيج دجلة والفرات والنيل ..

وماعلى السيسي الا أن يخلط ماء النيل بماء الفرات ودجلة .. فهذه الأنهار هي نهر واحد بفروع ثلاثة من ذات السلالة .. حيث يصعد نهر النيل ويترك سريره في اثيوبية ويتجه شمالا ثم يغوص في البحر المتوسط ويختفي تحت الماء ليتزوج آسيا وينجب منها دجلة والفرات اللذين يخرجان من رحم آسيا في شرق الأناضول .. ثم ينحدر دجلة والفرات جنوبا ليلتحما ويتعانقا كعاشقين من جديد في شط العرب ويصنعا نهرا واحدا ..

ليغوص النهر من جديد في الخليج العربي ويسبح في بحر العرب الى أن يصل الى باب المندب ليكمل دورته ويطل وجه النيل برأسه المبلل في بحيرة فيكتورية بعد هذه الرحلة الاسطورية حيث سريره الأبدي ..

ولو قطع نهر النيل فسيتوقف جريان دجلة والفرات .. ولو مات دجلة والفرات .. فسيجف النيل ويموت في سريره .. هكذا تقول كتب التاريخ .. وكتب السماء .. وكتب الشرق القديم .. وكتب الشرق الجديد .. النيل لايمر في صحراء الربع الخالي وليست له سلالة هناك ..

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Selected Articles: The Manchester Bombing: Unanswered Questions

Global Research, May 25, 2017

Following the blast at the Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester last Monday, the MSM reported of an alleged terrorist attack which leads to heightened police security in the area.

Global Research News has a collection of incisive articles that provide an in-depth analysis of the occurrences in the UK. Read below. 

In the early hours of the morning of the 23rd May – approximately 02.35BST   NDTV via the Washington Post stated quite categorically that:

“U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, identified the assailant as Salman Abedi. They did not provide information about his age or nationality, and British officials declined to comment on the suspect’s identity.

This was published at a time when British police and security services were refusing to make any statements as to who they thought the perpetrators were because at the time, they were dealing with the immediate aftermath of the event. (Graham Vanbergen)

Manchester Bombing: The Papers, The Speculation, the Click-Baiting, “ISIS Responsible”

By Graham Vanbergen, May 23, 2017

Their response will be to make political capital out of it and squander many more millions upon a domestic security system such as GCHQ, continue to strip us of our freedoms and civil liberties and treat us like the enemy, whilst our own die on the streets of Britain whilst a vile media takes full advantage.

ISIS Terrorist Attack in Manchester? 17 Days Before Crucial UK Elections

By Peter Koenig, May 24, 2017

The attacker, is now named by US officials (why US officials?) as Salman Abedi, 22, a British citizen, born in the UK. He is told having detonated the improvised explosive device.

Manchester Alleged Suicide Bomber Linked to Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), Known to British Security & Intelligence. LIFG was Supported by NATO against Gadaffi

By Tony Cartalucci, May 24, 2017

While initial reports attempted to craft a narrative focused on a a “lone wolf” attacker who organized and executed the blast himself, the nature of the improvised explosive device used and the details of the attack revealed what was certainly an operation carried out by someone who either acquired militant experience through direct contact with a terrorist organization, or was directed by a terrorist organization with extensive experience.

Disturbing Manchester Blast Aftermath. Draconian Security Measures

By Stephen Lendman, May 24, 2017

Perhaps tougher legislation is coming. Following an emergency meeting, Prime Minister Theresa May acted as expected – elevating Britain’s threat level from severe to critical.

Claiming another attack “may be imminent” is part of her fear-mongering strategy, an effort to convince Brits they’ll be safer by sacrificing fundamental freedoms.

Manchester Bombing: What We Don’t Know

By Graham Vanbergen, May 25, 2017

Quite how unnamed  ‘US Officials’ wishing to remain anonymous correctly identified the exact individual exactly four hours after the incident from 3,500 miles away is anyone’s guess, particularly when British police and security services continued to make no such statement.

Manchester Bomber Was Product of West’s Libya/Syria Intervention

By Daniel McAdams, May 25, 2017

Here’s what the media and politicians don’t want you to know about the Manchester, UK, suicide attack: Salman Abedi, the 22 year old who killed nearly two dozen concert-goers in Manchester, UK, was the product of the US and UK overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya and “regime change” policy in Syria. He was a radicalized Libyan whose family fled Gaddafi’s secular Libya, and later he trained to be an armed “rebel” in Syria, fighting for the US and UK “regime change” policy toward the secular Assad government.

Manchester Terror Attack Proves that the War on Terror Is Failing: Ten Ways to Reduce Terrorism

By Washington’s Blog, May 25, 2017

Given that the Manchester terrorist was a product of the interventions in Libya and Syria, it’s time to have an adult discussion about what it will take to stop terrorism.

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