The Islamic Republic of Libya?

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In return for their pledge of cooperation, Seif al-Islam freed over 850 prisoners linked to Islamic terror groups from Libyan prisons, including three of the LIFG’s top leaders: Abdullah Sadeeq; Abu Mundhir al Saadi; and Abu Hazem.

The LIFG conversion was supposedly sparked by their release of a long religious document called the Corrective Studies, which read in part: “Jihad has ethics and morals because it is for God. That means it is forbidden to kill women, children, elderly people, priests, messengers, traders and the like. Betrayal is prohibited, and it is vital to keep promises and treat prisoners of war in a good way. Standing by those ethics is what distinguishes Muslims’ jihad from the wars of other nations.”

However, many jihadist critics of the LIFG’s actions argued that the Corrective Studies lacked any legitimacy because it was authored under prison duress. In either case, the ramifications of this wholesale prisoner release now have far greater implications. According to one US intelligence official: “The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, an affiliate of al-Qaeda that has now seen dozens if not hundreds of cadres freed from jail in Benghazi, now poses a threat to the entire region.”

Now, as the Libyan regime disintegrates, the LIFG has gone back on the jihad, reportedly merging with Al Qaeda in North Africa (AQIM). AQIM, which evolved from the Algerian militant group Salafist Group for Preaching Combat (GSPC) has been responsible for over 800 terrorist attacks in the Sahel-Maghreb region of North Africa.

AQIM’s goal is the creation of an Islamist state that includes the North African nations of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya — as well as al-Andalus, the parts of the Iberian Peninsula governed by Muslims in medieval times. In addition to its merger with AQIM, LIFG, according to the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor, has reaffirmed its allegiance to al-Qaeda.

For Gadhafi, to find himself in the crosshairs of Islamic militants is a disturbing irony in that he was once himself a staunch promoter of worldwide Islamic revolution, evidenced by his creation of the Islamic Legion in 1972.

However, when he became the target of an assassination attempt by LIFG members in 1993, his Islamic revolutionary fervor was replaced by a greater concern over his own safety.

Gadhafi’s new commitment to his own security became clear after 9/11. For all his past anti-American, anti-Western terrorist actions, he soon found himself in alliance with the Bush administration’s War on Terror. In October 2002, Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abderrahman Chalgam even admitted that his government had closely consulted with the United States on counterterrorism. More telling, perhaps, was Gadhafi’s own website which posted “The phenomenon of terrorism is not a matter of concern to the U. S. alone. It is a concern for the whole world.”

For the Libyan people, their concern lies much closer to home. While they struggle to replace one tyrannical leader, an equal if not greater threat waits in the wings. The attack in Derna was just a reminder of its deadly presence.
Frank Crimi is a writer living in San Diego, California. You can read more of Frank’s work at his blog,

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  • Wesley69

    Why is this a surprise? Gadhafi is done for. All that’s left is the hanging. Libya joins the ranks of Tunisia and Egypt. Islamic Jihadist Fundamentalism is sweeping the Mideast. Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia may be next. But, it is not the moderate Arabs that are organized politically and ready to take charge. The Fundamentalists are both armed and organized. The word democracy is something they can use to get into power. Expect this type of transformation and it doesn’t bode well for US interests. A reestablished Caliphate, that is a Muslim's dream, is closer to reality.

  • morristhewise

    Anonymous sources that refused to be identified for fear of death claim that negotiations are now going on between Gadhafi and opposition leaders. One deal that is spoken about is for Gadhafi to remain in power for another six months until a transition is made.

  • Nick Shaw

    I absolutely love that line, "after three years of secret talks between imprisoned leaders of the LIFG and Libyan security officials, Seif al-Islam, son of Gaddafi, announced the LIFG had rejected al Qaeda’s violent ideology and had produced an alliance with the Libyan government against al Qaeda." It is too funny when you think of it. Seif "rivers of blood" al-Islam had secret "talks" with "imprisoned" members and they voluntarily, obviously, changed their minds about who they like! Hahahahaha!

  • Randy

    Let's hope the U.S. at least has plan. But using the military to fight against tribes will not be pretty, especially with unknown numbers already inside the gates. And consider that if a failed-state and dirt poor country like Somalia can send pirates out 500 miles and with 14 country's warships patrolling the are, still disrupt transportation, what will Libyan's try to do? The distance across the Med. Sea is much shorter.

  • morristhewise

    Mother Nature made a mistake by locating most of the worlds oil reserves in the wrong place. The mistake can be rectified by building a gigantic pipeline from the Middle-Eastern oil fields to a Haifa oil hub, from there it could be loaded into supertankers. The pipeline would be protected against terrorists by Israeli`s settlers who would build towns and roads along the path of the pipeline. No longer will the industrial powers suffer from the anxiety of losing control of Middle-Eastern oil. 14th centuries cultures would then be at peace, they no longer would be fighting to own oil they cannot use.

    • Randy

      Extra, Extra, read all about it!
      Israel, soon to become:
      "The Middle East's New Energy Giant"
      The significance of Israel's natural gas deposits:

      • MixMChess

        One can only hope, anything to wean us off Arab oil and stop the funding of the Arab lobby.

      • ziontruth

        Already coveted by the Arab imperialists. Hezbollah (the state of Lebanon, but let's not kid ourselves who's in charge) insist that those deposits are in Lebanese territory. And why not? I mean, if Palestine doesn't belong to the Jews but to some cooked-up "nation," then surely claiming the natural gas deposits for Lebanon is peanuts.

        There will be the usual Israeli Leftist suspects who will shout, "No war for gas!", but I think Israeli Jews in general will be a lot less sympathetic to that slogan than Americans. For America has its own oil to extract (which Obamarx doesn't permit–but don't let that prevent someone like Medved from saying there's no evidence he wishes to weaken America), but Israel here has gotten its chance in a million and a gift from HaShem to support us in troubled times.

  • morristhewise

    After Gadhafi steps down thousands of his henchmen will be out of a job. Most are members of his security forces who have been raping , robbing, and pillaging for over 40 years. They must be arrested, hanged, and buried in unmarked graves, it would set an example for others who take orders from brutal dictators.