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A Fact Sheet: President Obama Is In Bed
with al-Qaeda in Libya and Syria

Dec. 9, 2012 (EIRNS)—This mass-distribution release was issued today by the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee.

Nine years ago the U.S. launched a war in Iraq on the intelligence that Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction. Today, after nearly a decade of disastrous warfare, not only has it been revealed that the intelligence of Iraqi WMD was a lie, the original source of that lie, Tony Blair and British intelligence, have themselves been revealed to be at the center of the planet's terrorist, drug and weapons running cartel, including terrorist financing from arms for oil contracts with Saudi Arabia and presiding over the incredibly lucrative opium trade whose center has been British and U.S. occupied Afghanistan. Now, as the Blair doctrine of regime change and pre-emptive war plays out, and with al-Qaeda more dangerous than ever, ironically, everything that has been done in the name of the War on Terror and Homeland Security has put the planet in a far more vulnerable strategic situation than it was before the War on Terror began.

Today the same lying British faction is pushing the same fraudulent intelligence, only now it is chemical weapons in Syria. This time, however, the Administration is not just falling in line with fraudulent intelligence, the Obama Administration is playing a leading role in supporting international terrorism.

While traveling across the country and around the globe, claiming credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama has forged a deep alliance with al-Qaeda and allied neo-Salafist organizations to overthrow the governments of Libya and Syria. The alliance between Washington and the global Jihadi organizations runs even deeper than the support that Washington delivered to the Afghan mujahideen in the 1980s when they were battling the Soviet Red Army in Afghanistan. Those Afghan mujahideen spawned both al-Qaeda and the Taliban. But now, President Obama is taking even more direct action to assure that these terrorist networks come into power in Tripoli and Damascus.

In the case of Libya, the evidence is overwhelming. Under the guise of humanitarian interventionism, President Obama ordered American military forces to create a no-fly zone and provide close air cover for al-Qaeda groupings to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi. Once in power in eastern Libya, groups like Ansar al-Sharia, Libyan Shield, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and others repaid the President for his aid and comfort by attacking the United States mission and a CIA safehouse in Benghazi on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three CIA officers. The very organizations now proven to have led the 9/11/12 attacks—Ansar al-Sharia and the Libyan Shield—were chief American combat allies in the drive to overthrow Qaddafi. And after Libyan Shield members executed Qaddafi, they were given authority to run security affairs in eastern Libya.

The last signed diplomatic cable from Ambassador Stevens back to the State Department in Washington described a tense Sept. 9, 2012 meeting in Benghazi between U.S. security officials and a leader of Libyan Shield, Wissam bin Hamid, in which the Libyan threatened to lift all security protection for American diplomats unless the candidate of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood was the winner in the upcoming election for prime minister. Bin Hamid fought against American forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan before returning to the Benghazi-Derna area of eastern Libya to "ally" with Washington to overthrow and execute Qaddafi.

According to an August 2012 report from the Library of Congress, "Al-Qaeda in Libya: A Profile," bin Hamid is widely identified as the actual head of al-Qaeda in Libya. Yet, his Libya Shield militia was entrusted with security for the U.S. mission in Benghazi, and the Sept. 9, 2012 meeting likely provided the group with the travel plans of Ambassador Stevens, who arrived in Benghazi on Sept. 10 for a scheduled ten day visit. The attack on the CIA safehouse only began after Libyan Shield fighters escorted a Marine rescue team to the location hours after the initial attack on the U.S. mission, where Ambassador Stevens was killed.

The leader of the Ansar al-Sharia group in Derna that actually carried out the assault on the U.S. mission and CIA safehouse in Benghazi on 9/11/12 is Sufyan bin-Qumu, a member of the now defunct Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, an early al-Qaeda affiliate, who was Osama bin Laden's personal driver in Afghanistan and Pakistan before the original 9/11 attacks. He was later captured in Pakistan and spent six years at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Bin-Qumu was transferred to a prison in Libya and later released. He became a key U.S. ally in the drive to overthrow Qaddafi, and his Ansar al-Sharia group in Derna was even highlighted in the New York Times in April 2011 as former American foes who were now allied against the Libyan dictator.

According to the above-cited Library of Congress study, the overall chief of security for Tripoli, heading the 20,000 strong official Tripoli Military Council, is Abdel Hakim Belhaj, the former emir of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, who fought in Afghanistan against the Americans and was a member of the Taliban, before being renditioned back to Libya. He has been accused of participating in the 2004 Madrid train bombings by Spanish authorities.

The same alliance with al-Qaeda that brought down the Qaddafi government in Libya is in full force in Syria, where recent news accounts by the McClatchy News Service and Britain's Daily Telegraph confirm that the main rebel force challenging the Syrian Army is Jabhat al-Nusra, another al-Qaeda affiliate that has conducted almost all of the suicide bombings and most of the major military engagements against the Assad government. In almost every instance, Free Syrian Army units only enter the conflict after al-Nusra fighters have carried out the heavy fighting. For months, the U.S. State Department has planned to place Jabhat al-Nusra on the list of international terrorist organizations; however, the action has been postponed, due to the role that the group is playing in the drive to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

LaRouche Political Action Committee (LPAC) is rushing into production a detailed documentary on President Obama's filthy dealings with the very British and Saudi-backed Jihadists who have the blood of American Ambassador Chris Stevens and countless others on their hands. Congressional demands for the creating of a select committee to get to the bottom of the Benghazi 9/11/12 attacks must begin with a thorough airing of the ongoing alliance-of-convenience between the Obama White House and al-Qaeda. Nothing short of a thorough probe will prevent a replay of the first two 9/11 attacks on a far grander scale.

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