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ISIS bombing in the predominantly pro MB city of Misrata

A major attack on the court buildings in Misrata this morning is reported to have killed four people and seriously injured 15. At least a further 25 are said to have been wounded in what appears to have been a coordinated assault for which the so-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility.

The court was in session when it was attacked around 11.30 am by three men who started shooting.It was initially suggested that the assault may have been an attempt to free IS members who were on trial. However, the mayor of Misrata, Mohamed Eshtewi, has said that no IS trial was taking place.

According to a court employee, he and his colleagues were told that they were being attacked by IS and were given guns to defend themselves. The shootout lasted for over half an hour during which the judicial police and support units that arrived to help them managed to kill one of the attackers. One of the others then blew himself up on the second floor. Video footage shows the second floor windows being blown out.

The third terrorist then blew himself up on the ground floor. Reports of a car bomb outside the court were not true.

Defence ministry and formerly Bunyan Marsous spokesman Mohamed al-Ghasri has said that the attack targeted the head of the court, Assadik Badi, saying it was in revenge for statements he had made about IS.

The area around the complex was initially cordoned off amid fears of further attacks

Misrata Central Hospital put out an appeal to staff to come in and help deal with the wounded.

Misrata suffered a number of suicide bombings in 2015 and last year. But despite fears that IS cells would revert to to the tactic after their defeat by Misrata-led forces in Sirte, there have been no attacks – until now.

Condemnation of the attack, and condolences for those killed has been coming from all quarters in Libya, including from Khalifa Hafter.

Three of the dead have been named as police officers Mohamed Al-Naali, Abdussalam Abuali and Mohamed Jibril. libyaherald.com

Libyan MB & al-Qaeda show support for Basit Igtet

Basit Igtet meeting Muslim_Brotherhood led by Mohamad Sawan. In the meeting also, Tunisia Muslim Brotherhood leader R. Ghannouchi.

Some supporters of the Libyan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, & Shura Council-al-Qaeda in Libya, took to the streets of Libya’s capital Tripoli, Green/Martyrs’ Square, to show support for Basit Igtet. Basit Igtet is married to Sara Bronfman, who’s father Edgar was the treasurer & chief executive of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). Basit Igtet anounced his intentions to run for president, & called upon his supporters to take to the streets on the 25th, as he arrived in Libya traveling from his resident country of Switzerland.

It is estimated that Sara Bronfman has funneled more than $100 million of her assets into NXIVM. NXIVM has been described as a brainwashing cult. In a video of the leader Keith Raniere, he appears to make indirect death threats, when his leadership is questioned.
“I’ve had people killed because of my beliefs & because of their beliefs”:

Richard Branson has permitted his name and a quotation to be used in connection with NXIVM.

Pro Islamist Libya Observer; interview with Basit Igtet:

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Basit Igtet meeting with John McCain. 2011 Benghazi?
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2011 meeting in Benghazi McCain calls Islamists his heroes.

In Lieberman’s final days as a senator, a reporter asked him if he would become a lobbyist. “No, I’m not going to do that,” he replied. But in November 2013, as Politico reported at the time, his law firm signed up as a foreign agent for Basit Igtet, a Libyan businessman and activist who was considering running for prime minister in Libya. Igtet made his money through assorted ventures in Switzerland, where his family had sought exile. He married Sara Bronfman, the daughter of Edgar Bronfman, who had been the billionaire chairman of Seagram and the president of the World Jewish Congress. The foreign agent registration form filed at the Justice Department noted that Lieberman would be part of the team handling this $100,000 project that would provide “government relations services” to Igtet.

A Benghazi native, Igtet was a long-shot candidate for prime minister. As Forbes noted, “Igtet believes he’s got the technocratic prowess to transform his country of six million people from the brink of civil war into the crown jewel of northern Africa. But skeptics say his status as a longtime expatriate and his lack of national security experience leave him ill-prepared to grasp control of deteriorating relations among warring rebel factions, police and the army.” And having a Jewish wife was probably not an asset. motherjones.com

U.S. launches first airstrikes in Libya under Trump; 17 IS fighters dead

Khalifa Haftar leaves for Rome visit

ISIS leader who commanded 200 fighters is Mossad agent

Libyan security forces have arrested a Mossad agent who held a leading position in Daesh in the north-eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, the Israeli website Inian Merkazi reported.

The Hebrew website whose name translates to “Central Issues”, added that Ephraim Benjamin is a Jewish spy and that he mingled with Libyans following the 2011 revolution that resulted in the ouster of former dictator Moammer Ghaddafi.

Masr Alarabia website described him as one of Mossad’s “Arabists” who are characterised by Arab features and who speak Arabic fluently in local dialects.

Israeli Arabists are known for infiltrating Palestinian protests and arresting demonstrators, as well as assassinating anti-occupation Palestinian activists, according to Masr Alarabia.

Benjamin had reportedly become a prominent imam of a large mosque in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, then he became a Daesh leader who commanded 200 fighters from the militant group.

The spy, who was known in Libya as Abu Hafs, was arrested two months ago and accused by the Libyan authorities of gathering intelligence information on Daesh for Mossad.

The Israeli website cited the incident as evidence used by Arab media to justify the common conspiratorial argument propagated in some Arab circles about Israel being behind the rise of Daesh in the region.

Libyan media outlets describe Benjamin as the “Mossad sheikh” who was arrested by local authorities.

Daesh began to operate in Libya in 2015. Many believe that the video posted by the group on 12 February of the same year from the city of Sirte, featuring the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, as the official announcement of the militant group’s emergence in the north African country even if militant operations were believed to have been committed by Daesh prior to that date. middleeastmonitor.com

Israeli Arabists:


Mossad chief warns Iran taking over territory relinquished by ISIS



‘Russia never refused to help us’ – Haftar to RT

The commander of the Libyan national army has been explaining the help and hindrance of foreign states, in the conflict that’s plaguing the country. General Khalifa Haftar’s been visiting Moscow, and has been speaking exclusively to RT.He took part in the coup that brought Gaddafi to power, but also played a crucial role in toppling him in 2011. RT’s Sameera Khan explains how General Haftar fought his way back into Libya’s political arena after decades abroad.

Lavrov tells Hafter Russia backs UN mediation; praises Hafter’s Paris meet with Serraj

Saif Qaddafi says Italian deployment is attempt at recolonisation: report

Libya Report: Is Saif Gaddafi in the West’s crosshairs?

The struggle for power from the ruins of Libya is likely to get even uglier, and what is becoming decidedly more noticeable is the role of other interfering states who are betting on one side or another in the game for the prize that is Libya.

The latest international intrigue, orchestrated by what we might call the “new colonialist alliance,” surrounds the future of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s most prominent son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

The United States, UK, the UN are egging on the United Arab Emirates and their allies including France and Jordan to finish the job in Libya by cajoling Libyan National Army commander, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, to totally abandon any thought of allowing Saif a role in the future of Libya. This new colonial order is seemingly becoming afraid of his growing popularity.

The US and its allies in the West and amongst the Arabs are engineering the so-called “Abu Dhabi Process” to bring Libya’s civil war to a close with a series of meetings for Gen. Haftar with world leaders. Haftar’s meetings include the head of the Presidential Council, UN appointed Prime Minister Serraj; King Abdullah of Jordan; and the head of AFRICOM. Lastly and importantly, Haftar will meet with the new French President this week, a meeting worked out during Trump’s visit to Paris.

To the West, Saif al-Islam is the poster child of the old order. The US, UK, and the UN want Saif al-Islam on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague also to isolate and silence him. Quite simply he knows too much about the West’s past duplicity. Failing that, there is a good chance he will be assassinated.

Additionally, Saif al-Islam is being held responsible for his father’s actions, from Lockerbie, which ironically he was not involved in, to now being part of the alleged plot with Qatar to kill the then Saudi King Abdullah.

So thoroughly has the West manipulated the process in Libya that they have recently been able to convince Gen. Haftar to give up on any alliance with Saif al-Islam through a dramatic push by the United Arab Emirates in Zintan. Zintan, of course, is where Saif al-Islam was held in prison until quite recently.

The West does not like Haftar mainly due to his closeness to Russia, but they are doing their best to get him to go along with this plan. Haftar is popular with the Libyan people, however, as is Saif.

According to irrefutable and reliable ground sources, a tribal meeting occurred in Zintan last Friday where an “agreement was signed” calling for the arrest of al-Siddiq militia leader Ajmi al-Atiri (who had been responsible for Saif Gaddafi since he arrested him in the desert) and to immediately search and re-arrest Saif al-Islam.

The fact is the UAE and the US do not like the signs of a country-wide movement, with tribal support, to make Saif al-Islam a Mandela style reconciliation figure.

The ground-game is important, but for immediate purposes the West just scored a major coup by setting the stage for Libya to spit-out Saif al-Islam right into the open jail cell in the ICC despite the lack of evidence against him. The ICC is merely a tool of the American dominated UN and Gaddafi’s son, the victim.

Will the US and its allies succeed? And what happens if they do? ronpaulinstitute.org


UN imposed gov & Islamist imposed gov in heavy clashes

Heavy clashes erupted on Sunday between rival factions on the coastal road east of the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to a witness and local reports.

The clashes broke out when an armed group opposed to the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli tried to approach the capital and were confronted by forces that have aligned themselves with the GNA, the witness said.

The fighting exposes the GNA’s vulnerability to militias that gained influence during and after Libya’s 2011 uprising.

The anti-GNA forces, which are aligned with a previous, self-declared government, were driven from Tripoli late in May and have been trying to regroup. The GNA recently issued a warning about a counter-attack on the capital.

Since the GNA arrived in Tripoli last year it has co-opted some of the many armed groups that had a presence in the capital. But it has made little progress integrating them and the security situation has remained highly volatile.

Groups aligned with the self-declared national salvation government and largely drawing on support from the western city of Misrata have battled to hold their ground.

The two sides clashed on Sunday near the coastal town of Garabulli, about 50 km (30 miles) east of Tripoli. reuters.com

Saudis list terrorists connected to Qatar, Turkey, & Iran

As part of fighting terrorism and closing its sources and expansion, On Friday, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain listed 59 individuals and 12 entities related to Qatar on its banned terrorist lists, including five Libyans who, since the revolution that toppled the Muammar Gaddafi regime, played dubious roles in Libya, contributed to the continuation of chaos and the increasing of the country’s division with Qatari support.

Ali Mohamed Mohamed Al-Salabi

Belongs to the Muslims Brotherhood, one of the Libyan Salafist preachers, he has a good relationship with the leaders of the Libyan Fighting Group, where he contributed to the discussion between the group and the Libyan state, ended with the release of members of the fighting group from Libyan prisons.

He lived in Qatar for long time and holds its nationality. He is a member of the Muslim Scholars union which is funded by Qatar.

Ali_Mohamed Mohamed_AlSalabi is known in Libya as “The Man of Tamim in Libya” or “Qaradawi Libya”, he was marketed by al-Jazeera as the god father of the Libyan revolution and defended its interests. He appeared on Al-Jazeera channel several times, sometimes as a sheikh others as a political analyst or as a Military analyst.

Abdul Hakim Belhadj

He is described as a guardian of Qatari interests in Libya. He is one of the most prominent leaders of groups indirectly linked to al-Qaeda, a former al-Qaeda terrorist and the LIFG, also took part in the war in Afghanistan.

The LIFG was founded in Libya in the 1990s, a jihadist organization founded by Libyan elements after returning from fighting in Afghanistan.

He was arrested in Malaysia in February 2004 by the Passport and Immigration Bureau with the interference of the CIA. He was then deported to Bangkok for interrogation by the CIA and then deported to Libya on March 8, 2004. He was imprisoned at Abu Salim Prison for six years before being released. In March 2010.

After the revolution that toppled the Muammar Gaddafi regime, Belhadj soon became a billionaire and a leader. He became the leader of the National Party and became the commander of the military junta in Tripoli. He founded the Wings Aviation Company and now owns several planes that provide dozens of flights daily between Tripoli and several other countries.

After several countries cut ties with Qatar, Belhadj expressed his absolute sympathy with the State of Qatar, he expressed on Twitter his contempt for what he saw as an attack those who are loyal to their nation and its causes.

Mahdi Al-Harati

He is an Irishman of Libyan origin, now he is the commander of the Tripoli Brigade in Libya, a former fighter in Kosovo and Iraq, who lived in Ireland for 20 years and came to Libya with the beginning of the protests in 2011 and led the revolutionary Brigade of Tripoli in Libya, which led a battle against Gaddafi forces in 2011 and ended with the announcement of the National Transitional Council in the city.

Mahdi al-Harati was the first to come to Syria to fight alongside the armed groups. He founded and led the militias of the “Nation Brigade”, which included Libyan and Syrian fighters. He took Idlib as a resident for himself and his armed group.

Al-Harati was famous because he appeared a lot on the international and foreign media during the period of the revolution against the Gaddafi regime because of his fluency in the English language, which enabled him to promote in positions.

Ismail Mohamed Mohamed Al-Salabi

Commander of the February 17 Brigade. He has strong relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and is one of the most dangerous terrorist elements in Libya. He converted to jihadist ideology at an early age and fought in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Libya recently.

Ismail Muhammad al-Masalibi is currently the leader of the “Benghazi defense brigade” which have also been included in the lists of terrorism. They have relations with al-Qaeda and ISIS militants, Benghazi defense brigade fought months ago the Libyan army forces in the Crescent oil area, and was indulged in the killing of many soldiers.

In Libya many call him the “bat of darkness” because of his secret meetings and movements with suspicious parties, he has a close relationship with Qatari intelligence chief Ghanim al-Kubaisi, who is considered the first man of Qatar in Libya and support him by money and weapons.

Sadiq Abdul Rahman Ali Ghariani

He is called Libya’s “Mufti of Terrorism”, he issued fatwas inciting fighting and bloodshed in Libya. Al-Qaeda on several occasions valued his positions about events in Libya.

He is pursued by The Libyan Parliament which held him responsible for the bloodshed in eastern Libya, The parliament called the International Criminal Court to investigate the war crimes in which Sadiq Abdul Rahman Ali Ghariani was involved. alarabiya.net

Black Africans being ‘sold in Libyan slave markets’

West African migrants are being bought and sold openly in modern-day slave markets in Libya, survivors have told a UN agency helping them return home.

Trafficked people passing through Libya have previously reported violence, extortion and slave labour. But the new testimony from the International Organization for Migration suggests that the trade in human beings has become so normalised that people are being traded in public.

“The latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages [in Libya],” said Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s head of operation and emergencies. “The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.”

The north African nation is a major exit point for refugees from Africa trying to take boats to Europe. But since the overthrow of autocratic leader Muammar Gaddafi, the vast, sparsely populated country has slid into violent chaos and migrants with little cash and usually no papers are particularly vulnerable.

One 34-year-old survivor from Senegal said he was taken to a dusty lot in the south Libyan city of Sabha after crossing the desert from Niger in a bus organised by people smugglers. The group had paid to be taken to the coast, where they planned to risk a boat trip to Europe, but their driver suddenly said middlemen had not passed on his fees and put his passengers up for sale.

“The men on the pick-up were brought to a square, or parking lot, where a kind of slave trade was happening. There were locals – he described them as Arabs – buying sub-Saharan migrants,” said Livia Manante, an IOM officer based in Niger who helps people wanting to return home. theguardian.com

Aref Nayed condemns U.S. & Turk support for MB & al-Qaeda

Aref Nayed, the former Libyan ambassador, who is seen as a possible candidate from the premiership, has attacked the international community for not supporting Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan National Army (LNA) as its fights the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) which he described as an “Al-Qaeda” army. It was in alliance with Al-Qaeda affiliates and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Benghazi children blown apart by car bomb near school

A car bomb outside Jalaa Hospital has today killed at least four people and injured 26 including eight children who were leaving a nearby primary school when the explosion occurred.

Eye-witnesses described body parts strewn around. Pictures showed nearby windows blown out and at least ten vehicles around the car bomb completely destroyed. libyaherald.com

Most likely suspects:
Ironically they call themselves “Benghazi Defense Brigades” they are retaliating due to HoR-Haftars-LNA efforts to fight terrorism in Benghazi (Something Gaddafi was trying to do before NATO stopped him in 2011), so the HoR government can move their base of operations from Tobruk to Bengahzi, & gain more legitimacy. “Bengazi Defense Brigades” are aligned with supposed “anti-ISIS forces”, & could well be gaining military training &/or aid from the UK, Turkey, & Qatar, & then go on to do such things as seen in the article above.

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Three French soldiers have been killed in Libya after their helicopter was shot down Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) claims responsibility.

Libyan militiamen (al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood) wounded in the battle to end the Isil’s grip on their country (aid the advance of al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood) are set to be airlifted out for treatment in British hospitals, the Telegraph has been told.

UK hints at sanctions on Egypt if leniency is not shown to the Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian court overturns death sentence for ousted president Mohamed Morsi

Egypt’s Brotherhood says no reconciliation with Sisi

Al-Qeada: more dangerous than ISIL – The Japan News

Policymakers and terrorism scholars are debating whether Al-Qaida or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group is the more dangerous threat to the United States and the West.

After the various bombings and attacks across the West, many experts insist ISIL is the more serious problem.

That is a mistake. Al-Qaida presents the gravest long-term problem to the West.

Al-Qaida’s ruthlessly pragmatic approach has placed it in a far better position to achieve its strategic objectives. It has proved more effective in taking advantage of U.S. policy in the Middle East, primarily in Syria, to legitimize itself as an armed force and, increasingly, as a viable political player. the-japan-news.com

In the South Awlad Suleiman tribe allies with Libya Dawn, having been looking for an excuse to start conflict with the Gadhadhfa tribe. Awlad Suleiman tribe’s response to an accident where a monkey belonging to a Gadhadhfa tribe shopkeeper, got loose & pulled off a hijab from a girl from the Awlad Suleiman tribe, was to kill the monkey, the shopkeeper, & around 20-30 others from the Gadhadhfa tribe, Awlad Suleiman tribe used heavy weapons killing a whole family in one strike. Elders from both tribes are said to be seeking a resolution to the conflict.

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