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Libya, Arsenal for AQIM Ennahar
Libya could become an arsenal for Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and a place of attraction for the international anti-Western jihad, warned Tuesday the coordinator of the fight against terrorism in the EU. * "We have several subjects of concerns," said Gilles de Kerchove during a speech to the European Parliament meeting in committees in Brussels. "Libya and Yemen, became very weak state, tribal, could become failed states and places of attraction for international jihad," he said. "The weapons looted in the Libya arsenals, and some are very sophisticated, are likely to fall in the hands of AQIM," he added.Contacts between insurgents and al Qaeda for the announcement of jihad in Libya Ennahar Online
“Abu Muslim al Djazairi”, a member of the legal commission of the organization al Qaeda, called Libyan insurgents to proceed with the formation of an armed organization and quit the opposition of the National Council of Transition, whom he accuses of allegiance to the West.
- Abu Muslim El Djazairi, the number two in the tribune "Menbar Ettawhid wel Jihad," after Al Maqdici, considered an important member of Al Qaeda organization, responding to a letter sent by a Libyan insurgent who called himself “Abu Djendel Ellib” has advised him to proceed in the formation of an armed organization that would combine the real revolutionaries, insisting that this should be done in the utmost discretion because, as he said, the fight has not yet begun.
Abu Muslim advised the insurgents also to coordinate their efforts with other terrorist organizations that activate in other regions.
On March 28, 2011, the Salafi-jidahist website Al-Tawhid published two conflicting fatwas in response to a question about whether it is permissible to obtain aid from NATO forces to oust the regime of Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi in Libya. Two senior jurisprudents, Sheikh Abu Muslim Al-Jazairi and Sheikh Abu Mundhir Al-Shinqiti, both members of the website's Shari'a Council, agree that Muslims are forbidden from forming alliances with infidels. However, while Al-Jazairi considers the ban to be absolute and unbending, Al-Shinqiti believes that in cases of extreme necessity – such as the "imminent destruction" the Libyan people are facing at the hands of the Al-Qadhafi regime – it is permissible to obtain help even from an enemy and to return to fighting this enemy once the danger has passed.
Accusing the Libyan National Interim Council of "serving the enemy’s interests," Al-Jazairi calls upon it to step down and disclose the promises it had given "the enemies." He calls on the Libyan people to instate shari'a law in the country, saying that this is the only thing that will guarantee them sovereignty and freedom in their land. He also calls upon the Libyan revolutionary youth to put their faith in Allah, establish a new council, and demand that the NATO forces withdraw from the fight immediately. He also urges them to "unite under the flag of monotheism" and fulfill their duty to their faith and to the Muslim ummah.
Following are the main points of both fatwas:
Al-Jazairi to Libyan Rebels: Do Not Ally Yourselves with the Enemy; Unite under the Flag of Monotheism
An inquirer calling himself Mudammir Al-Kufr ("Destroyer of Unbelief") asks how one must act in the event of a ground incursion into Libya of "the crusader armies and their Arab allies." He wonders whether the Libyans should fight these forces at once, or should wait until the latter destroy the tyrant Al-Qadafhi and withdraw from Libya, fighting them only if they do not. He asks if this Western intervention, aimed at attacking Al-Qadafhi, is considered an occupation of Libya, which requires waging jihad to defend it.
Al-Jazairi responds that Allah forbade Muslims from befriending the hypocrites and infidels or from confiding in them, and, all the more so, from trusting them in issues of the Muslim ummah. He says that he himself already warned the Libyan National Interim Council of the consequences of obtaining assistance from infidels, which he termed "a disgraceful crime," and which he said would prevent the youth of the revolution from making autonomous decisions in the post-Qadhafi era. He also claims that ever since the council had begun talks with the "enemies," and their delegates had met with the French president, the rebels had been losing ground.
Al-Jazairi attacks International Union of Muslim Scholars head Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi for supporting the assistance from Western forces – based on the claim that it had come at the request of the Libyan revolutionary youth, with the authorization of the Arab League and under the aegis of the U.N., and that it was not intervention by a specific country but by the international community. Al-Jazairi claims that this crusader intervention opened the door to evil in the Islamic Maghreb region, just as the Saudi regime had opened such a door in the Gulf, and wonders who authorized the Libyan National Interim Council to speak in the name of all the revolutionary youth. He also asks since when the Arab League has cared about the Muslim ummah and why, if the latter is capable of recruiting the crusader military forces, it does not do so against the Jews in Palestine. Regarding the claim that the intervention is by the international community, rather than a specific country, Al-Jazairi says that the same thing happened in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that, nonetheless, there is no question that these two countries today are occupied – the same fate, he says, that awaits Libya if it allows the intervention of NATO forces there.
Calling on the Libyan National Interim Council to disclose the promises it has given the "enemies," he says that all the council's members must step down from their posts, which they have used "to serve the enemy's interests."
To the Libyan people, Al-Jazairi says that victory is solely in Allah's hands, and adds that victory does not mean ousting Al-Qadhafi only to replace him with "[another] agent of France or Britain." It means, rather, "being masters and free men in your own land – which will only happen by instating the law of Allah [in Libya]."
He urges the Libyan revolutionary youth to follow the guidelines of Allah, who banned forming alliances with the enemy, and calls upon them "to demand that these enemies withdraw immediately from this battle." He tells them to put their trust in Allah as they have done in the past, to renounce the Libyan National Interim Council if it "persists in standing alongside the enemy and handing it the reins of the Libyan regime," and to establish "a different council, based on the Koran and the Sunna, whose aim is the instatement of Allah's law."
Finally, Al-Jazairi calls on the revolutionary youth to "unite under the flag of monotheism," join ranks, and clearly define their goals – because, he says, the battle is nigh and many of the Libyans' Arab brothers await their permission to enter Libya and join them. He concludes by emphasizing the Libyan monotheists' duty to their faith and the Muslim ummah.
Al-Shinqiti: We Must Now Eliminate the Al-Qadhafi Regime; After Its Removal, It Will Be Time to Fight the West
An inquirer calling himself 'Ibada ("Work of the Creator") asks what the Libyan rebels should do at present, in light of the fact that obtaining assistance from NATO forces to stop Al-Qadhafi's attacks is forbidden according to the Prophet Muhammad's ban on accepting help from polytheists. He wonders if the rebels should have responded to the aerial bombardment by NATO forces with artillery and firearms, and if they must forgo their desire to topple Al-Qadhafi as quickly as possible simply because this interest coincides with the West's interest to topple him for its own reasons. He asks if it is not better to first actualize the rebel interest to eliminate Al-Qadhafi and only then fight the West.
Al-Shinqiti responds that the Libyans are subject to aggression at the hands of a murderous, barbaric regime which is undeterred by reason, religion, or morality, and that the duty to defend Libyan cities from ruin permits accepting assistance from polytheists. He says that any people facing imminent annihilation cannot but welcome any help, including assistance from the enemy, and that any expectation that such a people will behave differently is unrealistic, at least from the point of view of those at risk.
He says that if Western intervention is limited to striking Al-Qadhafi's forces, without ground incursions into Libyan territory, it serves the interests of the rebels, and asks, "What's wrong with one of our enemies attacking another and sparing us from harm [at the hands of the latter]?" Al-Shinqiti adds that as long as the Al-Qadhafi regime still stands, the rebels are incapable of controlling Libya or defending it from foreign ambitions. Likewise, he says, the annihilation of the Libyan people at Al-Qadhafi's hands is far worse than the threat of foreign ambitions, since it is obvious from the West's response to the situations in Bosnia and the Gulf that it "intervenes solely for its own interests... [rather than for] the protection of the innocent, [considering that the innocent] are massacred by [the West] in Iraq and Afghanistan, just as they are [massacred] with its support in Palestine."
Al-Shinqiti claims that the West is intervening in Libya against Al-Qadhafi for a number of reasons, including its fear that the situation will create a new set of circumstances under which a new Taliban could emerge in the region; its desire to guarantee the flow of oil to the West; and its hope to take part in shaping the new country in a way that will serve its own interests. He says: "Whatever the West's motive for intervening, we must now eliminate the danger of the tyrant [Al-Qadhafi]. After he is removed, all the West's ulterior motives will be revealed, and then the time to fight it will come."
Al-Shinqiti concludes by saying: "Ultimately, if the rebels can defend the people against the tyrant [Al-Qadhafi's] weapons by any [other] means, they are forbidden from accepting Western assistance. However, if they are prevented from defending the people, then [Western] assistance becomes a necessity. Nevertheless, keep in mind that such an alignment of interests with the West does not clear the [West] of its definition as one who usurps from and is hostile to the Muslim ummah, as long as it is killing Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq and defending the Jews in Palestine."