Salman Abedi, the Manchester suicide bomber responsible for killing 22 people at the end of an Aleana Grande concert at Manchester Arena was previously known to British security and intelligence agencies. In fact, as we reported yesterday, UK Security Services had been warned of his jihadist sympathies many times over a five year period.
As suspected and as was the case in virtually all recent terror attacks carried out in Europe – including those in both in France and Belgium, the bomber was born in the nation where the attack was carried out, and radicalised first in fundamentalist Mosques and then during trips to Islamist held areas in middle east conflict zones.
The Daily Telegraph reported under the, “Salman Abedi named as the Manchester suicide bomber – what we know about him,”:
Salman Abedi, 22, who was reportedly known to the security services, is thought to have returned from Libya as recently as this week. While spin doctors tasked with creating the official narrative focused their attempts at misdirection on a “lone wolf” attacker theme, claiming, before any evidence had been gathered, that Abedi organized and executed the blast himself. This was quickly discredited when it emerged during the police investigation that the nature of the improvised explosive device used and the detailed planning of the attack revealed it was an operation that could only have been carried out by someone who had acquired militant experience through direct contact with a terrorist organization, and had the support of a terrorist organization with extensive experience.
The Telegraph and The Manchester Evening News also reported a Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) cell in Manchester: A group of Gaddafi dissidents, who were members of the outlawed Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), lived within close proximity to Abedi in the Whalley Range distict.
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, evidence that an active and highly motivated Libyan Islamist terror cell had been active in Manchester with the knowledge of the security services for many years before the Manchester attack exists in abundance. within the community’s members.
LIFG is 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 traveling 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.
In early 2011, in the wake of the Libyan revolution and the fall of Gaddafi, 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. Information released by the US State Department reveals a plan for a senior Al Qaeda-affiliate leader to 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 the putative Islamist regime in Tripoli. 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 report on LIFG includes 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 people of Britain and the residents of Manchester, the British government is guilty of a catastrophic failure to act on information regarding LIFG, having failed to inform citizens of the threat living in their midst. This, presumably, will be excused by the usual plea that to have deported these people would have deprived them of their human rights. Now Manchester’s dead have been deprived of all their human rights in a way that cedes no possibility of redress, and as one of the rather dubious ‘human rights’ often quoted to defend a failure to act to prevent terrorism is the right to family life, how does that work for people who must now cope with the violent death of a family member. 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-EU sanctioned terrorists living and operating within national communities in the developed world is overlooked by the political leaders, the media and law enforcement agencies.
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