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70. Exclusive: Concern grows over militant activity in Libya
After allegedly forging ties in Afghanistan with the Taliban and al Qaeda in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks, Belhadj reportedly was arrested with his wife by the CIA in Bangkok and later extradited to Libya, where he was imprisoned until 2010. He was released under a reconciliation plan promoted by Gaddafi son Saif al Islam.

In an interview this month with the Al Jazeera website, Belhadj said he was subjected to "barbaric treatment" while in CIA custody and later to "many types of physical and mental torture" in Gaddafi's notorious Abu Salim prison.

Asked about his dealings with al Qaeda, Belhadj said, "We have never been in a relationship with them or joined them in any kind of activity because we could never come to an understanding of (philosophies)."

"Libyans are generally moderate Muslims, with moderate ways of practice and understanding of religion. You can find some extreme elements that are different from the mainstream, but this does not in any way represent the majority of the Libyan people."

Secret British intelligence files recovered by anti-Gaddafi forces from the offices of Gaddafi's advisers show that the British kept a close watch on suspected militants in Britain who they believed were linked to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, the main anti-Gaddafi Islamic militant network.

The documents, obtained by Reuters, show that during a February 2005 visit to Libya, British intelligence expressed concern the LIFG might be becoming more militant because some al Qaeda links were emerging. But in a 2008 visit, British officials reported that some UK-based Libyan militants had qualms about closer ties to al Qaeda.

A person familiar with British government investigations of militants said U.K. authorities believe that LIFG, as a group, abandoned violence in 2009, although individual Libyan militants remained active in al Qaeda's central core.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/29/us-libya-mili...

A lot of hype, which then gets down to the above paragraphs indicating that there really is nothing to be concerned about.
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  -Libyan Revolution Week 32 part 3 joshcryer  Sep-29-11 01:40 AM   #0 
  - Libyan Revolution Day 224 updates below, current time in Libya, 8:40am Thursday, September 29  joshcryer   Sep-29-11 01:40 AM   #1 
  - Libya's tanker fleet seen operational in a month  joshcryer   Sep-29-11 01:42 AM   #2 
  - Can anyone suggest a good general discussion message board I could join?  Addieny   Sep-29-11 04:20 AM   #20 
     - You have to find one to your taste.  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:42 AM   #29 
     - One post is a discussion?  Swede   Sep-29-11 10:08 AM   #44 
     - Welcome to DU!  ellisonz   Sep-29-11 07:04 PM   #78 
  - K&R  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 01:46 AM   #3 
  - The bloody battle for Sabha--that wasn't  joshcryer   Sep-29-11 01:48 AM   #4 
  - K&R! Thanks for keeping us up to speed...  Rhiannon12866   Sep-29-11 01:49 AM   #5 
  - A word of caution  autorank   Sep-29-11 02:09 AM   #6 
  - The pseudo-humanitarians are now linked with RACIAL AND TRIBAL GENOCIDE  Distant Observer   Sep-29-11 03:35 AM   #7 
  - Absolute bullshit.  tabatha   Sep-29-11 03:41 AM   #9 
  - Read history, not current propaganda. Please find anything resembling this bloody civil war  Distant Observer   Sep-29-11 03:53 AM   #10 
     - CAPS do not constitiute proof.  tabatha   Sep-29-11 04:05 AM   #13 
     - WOW. History is anything penned since 2010. SO WONDERFUL. LET'S ALL PRETEND  Distant Observer   Sep-29-11 04:17 AM   #18 
     - What a stupid argument.  tabatha   Sep-29-11 04:21 AM   #21 
     - Gaddafi lost. Tell him to go pound sand.  Iterate   Sep-29-11 05:12 AM   #26 
     - Whoever uses the most CAPS, fonts and bolding...  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 04:28 AM   #23 
     - Mutassim?  ellisonz   Sep-29-11 04:07 AM   #16 
  - It Has Long Been Clear, Sir, Your Purpose Here Is Apologetics For Gaddafi  The Magistrate   Sep-30-11 04:57 PM   #119 
     - LOL!  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 05:09 PM   #121 
  - It is not racism - it is revenge for atrocities.  tabatha   Sep-29-11 03:41 AM   #8 
  - Video tweeted today  tabatha   Sep-30-11 12:50 PM   #112 
  - Another caution--the fears about 'Islamist extremists' are over-hyped  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 04:02 AM   #11 
  - These are old articles that have already been posted.  tabatha   Sep-29-11 04:07 AM   #15 
     - In this case, they weren't posted as news  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 04:23 AM   #22 
        - How many times are they going to be dressed up  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:10 AM   #25 
  - With respect to Al Qaeda links  tabatha   Sep-29-11 04:03 AM   #12 
  - The command structure of the rebel military is LGIG. That's not controversial, it's a fact  autorank   Sep-29-11 04:30 PM   #58 
     - From wikipedia  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:39 PM   #69 
     - One more thing - the reason that Sirte and Bani Walid  tabatha   Sep-29-11 09:41 PM   #81 
        - My point of view is skepticism. You are celebrating  autorank   Oct-01-11 12:47 AM   #127 
  - Gaddafi did use black Africans as mercenaries from the very outset.  ellisonz   Sep-29-11 04:06 AM   #14 
  - Surely you are not saying that killing black Libyans is justified due to claims of black mercenarie  autorank   Sep-29-11 04:41 PM   #59 
     - It's regretable.  ellisonz   Sep-29-11 05:12 PM   #63 
     - Nope, I do not.  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:26 PM   #67 
  - Look who's featured on the new LIbyan government web site: colonialism?  autorank   Sep-29-11 04:48 PM   #60 
     - The current accompanying text:  ellisonz   Sep-29-11 05:16 PM   #64 
     - Simplistic thinking.  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:27 PM   #68 
     - Oh this doesn't look good. Look who's on the government website: appeasement?  Iterate   Sep-29-11 06:58 PM   #75 
  - Amnesty: Libyas NTC must protect evidence at Abu Salim mass grave site  ellisonz   Sep-29-11 04:10 AM   #17 
  - Interpol issued an arrest notice on Thursday for fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi  tabatha   Sep-29-11 04:20 AM   #19 
  - Interpol  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:21 AM   #27 
  - Gaddafi MAY have been located...  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 04:51 AM   #24 
  - Libyan women signal time to end domestic violence  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:39 AM   #28 
  - Libya was ranked extremely low for womens rights, in the bottom ten or so.  joshcryer   Sep-29-11 07:03 PM   #77 
  - Sirte tweets  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:46 AM   #30 
  - Normality returning to Libya as schools reopen  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:55 AM   #31 
  - 4 GOP senators travel to post-Gadhafi Libya  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:59 AM   #32 
  - They will get a polite but chilly reception.  ellisonz   Sep-29-11 06:41 AM   #36 
  - Video: The Libyan Pilots who Defied Gaddafi  tabatha   Sep-29-11 06:03 AM   #33 
  - Video: Inside Libya: Rebel Womans Saga  tabatha   Sep-29-11 06:12 AM   #34 
  - We're not interested in Al-Qaeda, we're interested in education  tabatha   Sep-29-11 06:23 AM   #35 
  - Reuters: Tunisia to hold Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi pending extradition to Libya  ellisonz   Sep-29-11 07:00 AM   #37 
  - Former Libyan PM starts hunger strike in Tunisia  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 09:03 AM   #39 
     - Well too bad he hitched his wagon to a thug.  Swede   Sep-29-11 09:57 PM   #82 
  - NTC forces capture Sirte airport, Reuters journalists at the scene are reporting nt  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 08:56 AM   #38 
  - UN Human Rights Council recommends Libya's suspension from the council be lifted  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 09:17 AM   #40 
  - Finding My Map, by Nelly Furtado  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 09:34 AM   #41 
  - McCain at Tripoli press conf: 'I have dreamt of returning to the liberated capital of Iraq'  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 09:43 AM   #42 
  - McCain is really showing his senility.  ellisonz   Sep-29-11 05:17 PM   #65 
  - Syrian regime supporters pelt US envoy with eggs  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 10:07 AM   #43 
  - Libya to honour deals with foreign firms - central bank  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 10:27 AM   #45 
  - Libya's NTC retakes airport in Gaddafi home town  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 10:40 AM   #46 
  - Battles rage for control of Kadhafi hometown  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 10:49 AM   #47 
  - NATO airstrikes conducted Wednesday, September 28  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 11:37 AM   #48 
  - Gaddafi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim reported captured outside Sirte  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 01:08 PM   #49 
  - Gaddafi's Spokesman 'Captured In Sirte'--Sky News  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 01:50 PM   #50 
     - I wonder if...  CJvR   Sep-30-11 04:27 AM   #90 
  - Jibril says he will not be part of new transitional government  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 02:15 PM   #51 
  - Sirte_Feb17 : Ali Tareq Al-Jidda, Mutasim Gaddafi's right hand, was captured today in #Sirte  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 02:30 PM   #52 
  - Qaddafi spokesman Mussa Ibrahim captured outside Sirte dressed as woman  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 02:47 PM   #53 
  - If true...I hope they let him do the perp walk as they found him.  ellisonz   Sep-29-11 06:29 PM   #71 
  - Nobel Peace Prize may recognize Arab Spring activists  tabatha   Sep-29-11 03:12 PM   #54 
  - New regime closes in on Gaddafi clan  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 03:30 PM   #55 
  - Tripoli residents want revolutionaries out  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 03:56 PM   #56 
  - Libyans working hard to shed 'mad dog' Gadhafi image  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 04:16 PM   #57 
  - LIBYAN REVOLUTION DAY 225: CURRENT TIME IN LIBYA = 12:10 AM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 05:10 PM   #61 
  - Sabha, just recently freed, talks about local elections.  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:11 PM   #62 
  - Whats behind Libyas fast march to democracy?  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:18 PM   #66 
  - One thing that must not be forgotten, as Juan Cole pointed out, the protracted battle created unity.  joshcryer   Sep-29-11 06:59 PM   #76 
  - Exclusive: Concern grows over militant activity in Libya  tabatha   Sep-29-11 05:48 PM   #70 
  - Libya rules out forex controls  tabatha   Sep-29-11 06:34 PM   #72 
  - Libya's planned revision of school curriculum  tabatha   Sep-29-11 06:35 PM   #73 
  - As Libyas crude output rises, so do oil workers expectations  tabatha   Sep-29-11 06:55 PM   #74 
  - But an Islamist is not an Islamist is not an Islamist.  tabatha   Sep-29-11 08:38 PM   #79 
  - Activists in Arab World Vie to Define Islamic State  tabatha   Sep-29-11 08:49 PM   #80 
  - Libya Council Delays Interim Government  pinboy3niner   Sep-29-11 11:25 PM   #83 
  - SA vets help Tripoli Zoo  tabatha   Sep-30-11 12:25 AM   #84 
  - Libyan Gen. Salihin speaks to Anatolia hours before death  tabatha   Sep-30-11 12:36 AM   #85 
  - Channel Gheryan on Facebook: The massacre of dam and visited the Valley  tabatha   Sep-30-11 01:14 AM   #86 
  - AJE: Hugo Chavez insults new Libyan Ambassador to the U.N.  ellisonz   Sep-30-11 01:59 AM   #87 
  - He is actively isolating himself more and more after all the good he did.  Amonester   Sep-30-11 02:08 AM   #88 
     - The writing is on the wall. Don't respond to non-violent protesters with force.  ellisonz   Sep-30-11 03:29 AM   #89 
        - True, if the non-violent protesters have a modern air force  JustABozoOnThisBus   Sep-30-11 05:26 AM   #94 
        - NATO waited until Gaddafi's thugs were on the outskirts of Benghazi.  ellisonz   Sep-30-11 05:52 AM   #97 
           - I realize Venezuela has an air force, but  JustABozoOnThisBus   Sep-30-11 07:36 AM   #101 
        - Less suppression of non-violent protest in Libya than in any other uprising. It became VIOLENT  Distant Observer   Sep-30-11 05:33 AM   #95 
           - I suggest you consult some legitimate sources on Gaddafi's Libya.  ellisonz   Sep-30-11 05:54 AM   #98 
           - At the top of the page, there is a link to this video:  tabatha   Sep-30-11 10:17 AM   #104 
              - It's a very good video. Almost entirely non-violent protests.  ellisonz   Sep-30-11 02:26 PM   #114 
  - Libya probes Kadhafi spokesman's 'capture'  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 04:52 AM   #91 
  - If there's video OMFG - heads will explode.  ellisonz   Sep-30-11 05:00 AM   #92 
  - There's still no independent confirmation that he really was captured  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 05:11 AM   #93 
     - Sure. One can hope...  ellisonz   Sep-30-11 05:48 AM   #96 
        - No more hope.  tabatha   Sep-30-11 11:39 AM   #109 
  - Libya casts doubts on Ibrahim capture  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 06:24 AM   #99 
  - Civilians flee Sirte battle, fighting hampers aid -UN  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 06:46 AM   #100 
  - Libya tenders for 100,000 Tonnes milling wheat  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 08:47 AM   #102 
  - Turkey to press ahead with sanctions against Syria  al bupp   Sep-30-11 09:27 AM   #103 
  - Decoy documents?  tabatha   Sep-30-11 10:24 AM   #105 
  - Ghadames rebels reached an agreement on the return of Tuareg families  tabatha   Sep-30-11 10:39 AM   #106 
  - Some background from Reuters:  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 10:52 AM   #107 
     - Why do they have to editorialize s h i t  tabatha   Sep-30-11 11:00 AM   #108 
  - We saw hundreds fleeing Sirte.  tabatha   Sep-30-11 11:53 AM   #110 
  - ANALYSIS-Libya endgame carries new risks for NATO  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 12:23 PM   #111 
  - 19 die as Syrian forces battle deserters, protesters  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 02:01 PM   #113 
  - This is why Sirte is still ongoing.  tabatha   Sep-30-11 02:59 PM   #115 
  - "We don't want to kill our brothers" - Rebel field commander.  ellisonz   Sep-30-11 03:08 PM   #116 
  - AFP: Snipers halt NTC fight for Kadhafi hometown  ellisonz   Sep-30-11 04:48 PM   #117 
  - AP: Rights group calls on Libya to stop prisoner abuse  ellisonz   Sep-30-11 04:52 PM   #118 
  - Mine removal  tabatha   Sep-30-11 05:04 PM   #120 
  - Analysis - Libya endgame carries new risks for NATO  tabatha   Sep-30-11 05:15 PM   #122 
  - LIBYAN REVOLUTION DAY 226: CURRENT TIME IN LIBYA = 12:30 AM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 05:30 PM   #123 
  - I have a commitment and will miss the start of Josh's new thread  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 05:35 PM   #124 
  - TA-DA, the jimmypic:  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 05:59 PM   #125 
  - k  pinboy3niner   Sep-30-11 11:41 PM   #126 
  - Week 33 here:  joshcryer   Oct-01-11 01:54 AM   #128 
  - wow. :whistles: Orwell himself must be rolling in his grave  inna   Oct-01-11 09:42 AM   #129 
 

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