Libyan FM Admits, Troops and Arms to Syria a Source of Pride
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) , – Libya´s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Abdul-Aziz admitted, that a lot of Libyans are fighting within the ranks of the armed terrorist groups in Syria and that Libya remains a hub for weapons shipments to the insurgents. The post-coup Libyan Foreign Minister states, that “helping our brothers in Syria is a source of pride”.
An nsnbc article from April 2012 reported that a UN report, issued by the United Nations Security Council´s group of experts on monitoring an arms embargo imposed on Libya in 2011 stressed, that arms shipments which have been organized from various locations in Libya, including Misrata and Bengazi, and that the weapons were transferred to Syria via Turkey and Northern Lebanon.
In June and July 2012 a “Libyan Brigade” under the command of former al-Qaeda terrorist and since 2011 the commander of Tripoli´s Military Council, Abdelhakim Belhadj, contributed with a fighting force of more than 20.000 men in the attempt to conquer the city of Homs as seat for an interim Syrian government.
The Libyan al-Qaeda brigade, fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, was assembled in the Jordanian border city al-Mafraq, where US special forces and the CIA continue to train and arm “rebels”.
Libya´s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Abdul-Aziz has recently admitted to the Russian TV channel Russia Today (RT), that “a lot of Libyans are fighting within the ranks of the armed terrorist groups in Syria”, saying:
“This is an undeniable fact…. A lot of Libyans volunteered to fight in Syria. .. There have been weapons transferred from Libya to Syria, whether directly or indirectly. .. The arms shipments were not only from Libya, but from elsewhere”.
Revealing the scope of the cooperation between the post-coup government of Libya and the armed terrorist groups in Syria, Abdul-Aziz boasted of his country´s “military assistance” to the armed terrorist groups, saying that:
“This is not only an accusation but a source of pride for us to help our brothers in Syria”.
The main contingent of Libyan insurgents in Syria are recruited through the al-Qaeda associated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which has metamorphosed into the Tripoli Military Council when NATO and GCC member state´s troops paved the way for insurgents in 2011, resulting in the overthrow and murder of Muammar Ghadafi.
An article published in February 2013 revealed, that the recruitment of terrorists for Syria in Libya is also being organized through Qatar´s Embassy in Tripoli. nsnbc international published in the report, an intercepted document which revealed cooperation between the embassy and Qatar´s Foreign Ministry.
In the document, which was classified as Top Secret, the embassy informs the Foreign Ministry, that the recruitment of 1800 mercenaries from Northern African countries as well as their training was completed.
The embassy suggests, that the 1800 mercenaries should be shipped to Turkey in three groups, and that they should be deployed to Syria via Turkey. The document furthermore reveals that the combat training has taken place at sites in Zentan, Bengazi, Al-Zawiya and Misratah.
The Libyan Foreign Minister, publicly taking pride of the deployment of terrorists to Syria however, is the post-coup government´s first public admission to the fact, that Libya is one of the primary hubs for the continued flow of weapons and new troops to the terrorist groups in Syria.