Maqdisi’s Disciples in Libya and Tunisia – By Aaron Y. Zelin | The Middle East Channel http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/14/maqdisi_s_disciples_in_libya_and_tunisia ” Since the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and U.S. Embassy in Tunis in September, there has been a large spotlight on the Islamist groups viewed as the main culprits — Katibat Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi (ASB) and Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST). While much of the understandable focus has been on the violent actions of individuals in these organizations, much of the scope of their activities lies outside violence. A large-portion of the activities of these groups is local social service provision under their particular dawa (missionary) offices. This broader picture is crucial to better understanding emerging trends in societies transitioning from authoritarian to democratic rule. ASB and AST can broadly be considered jihadi organizations based on their ideological outlook. However, these jihadis are different than past incarnations. Jihadis have a good track record in fighting and less so in governing or providing social services. The only example of jihadi governance has occurred when the Somali-based Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahidin and Yemeni-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) held actual territory. What sets ASB and AST apart is that they are providing aid to local communities in a non-state actor capacity, which has been unheard of previously.”….
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How Katibat Ansar al-Sharia in #Benghazi (ASB) & Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST) use charity to promote their Jihad
Suspect in Benghazi Attack Scoffs at U.S. – NYTimes.com
RRD: Abu Khattala called the Libyan national army a “national chicken”.
…”Although Mr. Abu Khattala said he was not a member of Al Qaeda, he declared he would be proud to be associated with Al Qaeda’s puritanical zeal for Islamic law. “…
…”Mr. Abu Khattala, 41,….. added his own spin. Contradicting the accounts of many witnesses and the most recent account of the Obama administration, he contended that the attack had grown out of a peaceful protest against a video made in the United States that mocked the Prophet Muhammad and Islam.”…
RRD: He goes on to present the Americans as the aggressors.
As to whether the attack on the embassy was justified:
….. “From a religious point of view, it is hard to say whether it is good or bad,” …
RRD: He then went on to denounce democracy as being un-islamic,called advocates of secular constitutions “apostates” ;
& even criticized the Muslim Brotherhood for their participation in elections.
…”Witnesses, Benghazi residents and Western news reports, including those in The New York Times, have described Mr. Abu Khattala as a leader of Ansar al-Shariah, whose trucks and fighters were seen attacking the mission.”…
…”Mr. Abu Khattala said he was close to the group but was not an official part of it. Instead, he said, he was still the commander of an Islamist brigade, Abu Obaida ibn al-Jarrah. Some of its members joined Ansar al-Shariah”…
“Almost all Libyans are Muslims, alcohol is banned, polygamy is legal, almost every woman wears an Islamic head -covering. But all of that still fell short, he said, of true Islamic law.”
Rethinking Libya :: Middle East Forum
RRD:In remains to be seen what happens in Libya,I based my conclusions on the evidence available at the time,and in hindsight my fears have not been born out(yet),but I would still have opposed American Military involvement in Libya:the purpose of the U.S. Military is not to ”bring freedom” to foreign countries.It is to defend the United States.The same rationale offered for Libya could be made for any number of countries from Iran,to Burma,to China.Still I am glad the Libyan people did not elect Islamists(unlike their fellow Arab Springers the Egyptians & the Tunisians).However we still aided ”rebels” whose members included Islamists who, by their own account, went to Afghanistan & Iraq to fight our soldiers.
No,we should not have replaced Gaddafi with a group that includes Al-Qaeda sympathizers #tcot #twisters
Bachmann: Libya still a mistake – POLITICO Live – POLITICO.com http://www.politico.com/blogs/politicolive/1011/Bachmann_Libya_still_a_mistake.html The Republicans and foreign policy – chicagotribune.com http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-perspec-1023-page-20111023,0,954198.column ….”A recurring theme of this pre-election year has been the search for “the grown-up in the room.” As Moammar Gadhafi’s death vindicates President Obama’s Libya policy, his persistent critics are looking more like munchkins. I mean no disrespect to munchkins, by the way, wherever they may be on the map. “…. We are aiding our enemies in Libya.Demand a end to the Libya war now. – fightingstatism http://fightingstatism.posterous.com/we-are-aiding-our-enemies-in-libyademand-a-en A interview with “reformed” members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group #no2sharia #tcot #tlot – fightingstatism http://fightingstatism.posterous.com/a-interview-with-reformed-members-of-the-liby Libyan leader:Don’t worry,Libyan rebels who fought US soldiers in afghanistan not Al-Qaeda – End US Involvement in Libya http://endusinvolvementinlibya.posterous.com/libyan-leaderdont-worrylibyan-rebels-who-foug Former head of #alqaeda affiliated LIGF(current Libyan Rebel Military Commander) celebrates his victory #no2sharia #tcot #tlot – End US Involvement in Libya http://endusinvolvementinlibya.posterous.com/former-head-of-alqaeda-affiliated-ligfcurrent Libyan Draft Constitution: Sharia is ‘Principal Source’ of Laws http://blog.heritage.org/2011/08/22/libyan-draft-constitution-sharia-is-principal-source-of-legislation/ The Associated Press: Exiled Libyan Jew says synagogue efforts blocked http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ihbsnNepHTVTKe6jQc3bvGdxUSRQ?docId=b56d8e100739465a97ea40d4b44aeea1
Libyan Rebels Sweep Into Tripoli as Qaddafi’s Rule Nears End http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/08/22/bloomberg1376-LQA1N10D9L3601-21F1JT1G6C82JICJ382QQJOA3T.DTL Obama says Gaddafi rule collapsing, supports rebels | Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/22/us-libya-obama-idUSTRE77L09G20110822 Lawmakers celebrate Libya on Twitter – Mackenzie Weinger – POLITICO.com http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61811.html Middle East Online::Libya at Crossroads: A model for the Middle East or a Revolution that Goes Awry?:. http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=47733 For the reasons why I think this will not end well.See below: We are aiding our enemies in Libya.Demand a end to the Libya war now. – fightingstatism http://fightingstatism.posterous.com/we-are-aiding-our-enemies-in-libyademand-a-en A interview with “reformed” members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group #no2sharia #tcot #tlot – fightingstatism http://fightingstatism.posterous.com/a-interview-with-reformed-members-of-the-liby Libyan leader:Don’t worry,Libyan rebels who fought US soldiers in afghanistan not Al-Qaeda – fightingstatism http://fightingstatism.posterous.com/libyan-leaderdont-worrylibyan-rebels-who-foug