Reading reports on who Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi was, his connections in a “radicalized” community in Manchester, and his travels to join and fight with militant Wahhabi groups in Libya and Syria, makes it seem apparent this was no lone wolf who managed to pull off a deadly terror attack taking authorities by surprise, but that he was helped by the UK government. It appears certain he received expert assistance and the “radical” connections he had and the experiences in Libya and Syria would have provided him with the necessary network to carry out the attack.
His movements in and out of Syria, Turkey, and Libya, untroubled by UK government authorities, spell out he was almost certainly a protected MI6 asset, his travel to wage Jihadist war in Libya and Syria on behalf of UK imperialism facilitated by UK intelligence. This was no 22-year-old intrepid globetrotter. The question has to be asked, how many others are there just like Abedi who the UK government is allowing to destroy Syria and Libya while publicly claiming it is promoting freedom in those countries and cracking down on “extremism” at home.
Abedi’s family “fled” secular Libya under Muammar Gaddafi, settling in Manchester, from where Abedi returned to both Libya and Syria to be trained to fight for the regime change project against Bashar Al-Assad, a plan in which the UK government is heavily invested.
Being on the side of the “rebels” and therefore allied with the UK government it is unsurprising he was known to UK intelligence. When we hear this we think of radicals being on the radar to be monitored and tracked for signs of proclivity to violent acts. However in Abedi’s case, as well as many others it is more likely he was a strategic asset in the plot to oust Assad and therefore his passage to Libya and Syria was covertly facilitated. This of course is not going to be admitted by the authorities, particularly at the moment when they are full of defiant speeches about not letting the terrorists win, going on with life as usual and not compromising our western values. Any acknowledgment that Frankenstein has turned on his masters is swept under the carpet. The public story is one of a “radical” individual who has somehow developed a hatred for the western freedoms we cherish and embraced an extremist version of Islam to the point he was willing to kill innocent children in a horrendous crime.
The Telegraph connected Abedi to members of the Libyan Islamic fighting Group (LIFG), living in close proximity to them in Manchester.
Among them was Abd al-Baset Azzouz, who left Britain to run a terrorist network in Libya overseen by Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor as leader of al-Qaeda. Azzouz, an expert bomb-maker, was accused of running an al-Qaeda network in eastern Libya.
We can begin to see the expertise and experience Abedi needed to surround himself with in order to carry out the attack. In reality, Abedi is likely to have been the volunteer to “martyr” himself, with the brains of the operation still to be discovered. This may partially explain why the UK government elevated the terror threat to critical in the aftermath of the attack.
The LIFG formed in 1995, a grouping of Jihadists who based themselves around wahhabist strongholds such as Darnah and Benghazi. They carried out a low level insurgency that included assassination attempts against Gaddafi and attacks against military and police patrols.
Gaddafi, recognizing the threat of radical Wahhabism to his secular regime responded with an iron fist, imposing martial law and cracked down heavily, decimating the “militants” ranks.
Gaddafi built an oasis in the African continent, the envy of the region, but the scourge of the West which seeks to control all those it sees as having the temerity to dare oppose the colonial hegemony the West has determined will be their ongoing fate. Libya had the highest living standard on the African continent. Housing was viewed as a human right (unlike the UK where homelessness is a national disgrace) Gaddafi’s Green Book stating,” The house is a basic need of both the individual and the family, therefore it should not be owned by others”.
Libya used its oil wealth to sustain progressive social welfare programs, enjoying free health care, education, electricity and interest-free loans. Literacy became among the highest in the world – higher than the US, there was zero unemployment, and Gaddafi’s great man made river project ensured a country dominated by the vast Sahara desert had no starvation and cheap food.
Groups such as the LIFG had a lack of fertile ground to sow discord among the Libyan public who were quite content in their economic democracy. Once the western and Gulf powers decided to strike at the Gadaffi government under the guise of the Arab Spring the LIFG came to the fore.
The LIFG went on to form the Libyan Islamic Movement for Change (LIMC), becoming one of the rebel groups comprising the Transitional National Council. Abdel Hakim Belhadj, who had been the LIFG emir was appointed as the Libyan Transitional Council’s Tripoli military commander.
Belhadj is known for an infamous meeting with US Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, disgracing themselves in paying tribute to a terrorists deeds.
Belhadj would go on to play an influential role in sending fighters and weapons from Libya to Syria, part of the “Rat Line” which according to Seymour Hersh was a covert operation:
…authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition. Many of those in Syria who ultimately received the weapons were jihadists, some of them affiliated with al-Qaida.
The Telegraph, in a November 2011 article titled, “Leading Libyan Islamist met Free Syrian Army opposition group,” would report:
Abdulhakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council and the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, “met with Free Syrian Army leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey,” said a military official working with Mr Belhadj. “Mustafa Abdul Jalil (the interim Libyan president) sent him there.”
Another prominent rebel commander, Mahdi al-Harati played a key role in NATO’s invasion of Libya, before moving on to fight with terrorist groups in Syria. Al-Harati happened to be on the Mavi Marmara, the only boat in the flotilla to Gaza that was attacked by Israeli commandos, in international waters (IDF assassins had been given laminated hit lists from Turkey, for their executions in international waters).
In 2011, Al-Harati outted himself as on the payroll of the CIA: His home in Ireland had been burglarized, with tens of thousands stolen in jewelry and cash. Irish police contacted him to inquire about how he came in possession of so much, and he said it was CIA payment.
Gadaffi warned former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair his ousting would be followed by the rise of wahhabists who would destroy the Libyan state, the hate and murderous chaos bound to filter into other parts of the region, and from there into Europe. It certainly spread rapidly into Syria, aided deliberately by the UK government and its NATO allies as fighters and weapons were smuggled into Turkey, there to be sent across the border for the assault on multiple fronts against the armed forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, led by President Bashar Al-Assad.
The Guardian reported on two telephone calls between Gaddafi and Tony Blair, Gadaffi telling Blair that “his removal from the Libyan leadership would open a space for al-Qaida to seize control of the country and even launch an invasion of Europe.” Gadaffi showed an understanding of the threat and the ambition of the Jihadist groups, telling Blair, “They [jihadis] want to control the Mediterranean and then they will attack Europe.”
All to no avail, as by April the axis of NATO evil, Sarkozy, Cameron and Obama vowed “the bombing will continue until Gaddafi goes” as British army officers were dispatched to Libya to aid the rebels. Cameron’s Prime Minister’s Office in Downing Street released a statement saying, “it is impossible to imagine a future for Libya with Qadhafi in power.”
This same sentiment was echoed and continues to be echoed about Assad in Syria.
By September, Cameron and Sarkozy nauseatingly paraded into Libya, Cameron triumphantly proclaiming “you threw off a dictator and chose freedom….we know this was your revolution….you showed the world you would get rid of a dictator and you would choose freedom….your friends in Britain and France will stand with you as you build your democracy.”
The Libyan government had certain victory transformed into utter defeat by the bombing of Cameron and Sarkozy. By October Gaddafi was dragged from a hiding spot in a drainage tunnel [Editor: According to the official story. More likely he had already been kidnapped, and stuffed into the tunnel for a gross photo op, something similar to Hussein’s videoed physical exam, which showed someone suffering from “ICU psychosis.”] to be brutally sodomised and murdered.
The brutality and depravity of his murder symbolizes what subsequently happened in Libya as the institutions of the state literally fell apart, leaving a power vacuum Jihadist groups were wholly unable to take control of as they competed against each other, adopting violent confrontation to carve out territory rather than attempt to work on a peaceful transition.
Maximilian Forte in his “The Great Nothingness of Libya…” wrote of the tumultuous events in Libya, “If there ever was an “Arab Spring” in Libya, within days it quickly turned into an African nightmare.”
Forte goes on to describe to a tee the hypocrisy and utter deceit of leaders like Cameron, Sarkozy and Hillary Clinton the liberal interventionists who proclaim a responsibility to protect:
if we do not “act”we should be held responsible for letting “atrocities” happen; but if we do act, we should never be held accountable for the atrocities we commit while acting.
Such has been the apparent ease of UK terrorists to travel to “fight” that Middle East Eye — Syria hating, evil spawn of The Guardian and al Jazeera — found the opportunity to gloat, via an interview with an anonymous terrorist.
Several former rebel fighters now back in the UK told MEE that they had been able to travel to Libya with “no questions asked” as authorities continued to investigate the background of a British-Libyan suicide bomber who killed 22 people in Monday’s attack in Manchester.
Abedi was only 16 in 2011 but had traveled to Libya several times since then, going on to also fight in Syria. The authorities in the UK —which has a vast complex of CCTV, among the largest in the world— would have us believe they are doing everything to counter the spread of radical ideology and are closely monitoring individuals suspected of being radicalized. You would assume this means stopping them from traveling abroad to fight in Syria. The Prevent program was implemented to identify and stop “radicalization” among communities in the UK, however it has left many Muslims feeling angry, alienated and that their every move is spied on, surely a counterproductive mixture which is bound to increase radicalization, not decrease it.
The same MEE article goes on to say:
One British citizen with a Libyan background who was placed on a control order – effectively house arrest – because of fears that he would join militant groups in Iraq said he was “shocked” that he was able to travel to Libya in 2011 shortly after his control order was lifted. “I was allowed to go, no questions asked,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.
He said he had met several other British-Libyans in London who also had control orders lifted in 2011 as the war against Gaddafi intensified, with the UK, France and the US carrying out air strikes and deploying Special Forces soldiers in support of the “rebels.”
“They didn’t have passports, they were looking for fakes or a way to smuggle themselves across,” said the source.
But within days of their control orders being lifted, British authorities returned their passports, he said.
“These were old school LIFG guys, they [the British authorities] knew what they were doing,” he said, referring to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, an anti-Gaddafi Islamist militant group formed in 1990 by Libyan veterans of the fight against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan which was considered a terrorist organisation with links to al-Qaeda by the UK government.
With the experience and contacts gained fighting abroad in Libya and Syria, Abedi almost certainly would have been able to coordinate the attack with a terrorist cell. Indeed he is unlikely to have been able to carry it out unless he was a member of a cell, something which has UK authorities on edge as they try to track down members and guard against any follow up attacks.
Graham Vanbergen, writing for True Publica quotes a BBC report which points out the expertise, planning and preparation required:
The BBC reports that “The UK has not seen a bomb attack like the Manchester outrage since 2005 for three simple reasons:
- It takes some expertise, which is difficult to come by without help.
- It requires a lot of planning and preparation, both of which increase the chances that MI5 and other agencies will discover what is going on.
- Individuals who are sufficiently organised to put the first two together and determined enough to see the plan through to its awful conclusion are very rare.”
Theresa May has responded by acting like a typical politician, but not like a leader looking to protect her people and avoid future terrorist attacks. She is set to deploy up to 5000 troops on to the streets in key locations to protect the public from future attacks and free up police resources to investigate and detect potential terrorist threats.
An overreaction? Some are already saying it is reminiscent of the streets of Northern Ireland. What I would say is it is a rapid and firm reaction to a heinous terrorist attack on British soil. However it remains counterproductive while the UK government continues to support terrorists who overran Libya and continue to decimate Syria.
What I would also say is perhaps UK government politicians such as May, Boris Johnson, and Michael Fallon can now understand why Syria responded with rapid security measures to the terror unleashed on its streets by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Jordan in Daraa and quickly beyond in March 2011. What would May do if thousands of armed Jihadists started killing security forces and civilians, burning police stations, military barracks, post offices, and political party offices across the country? She would panic, fully knowing the country was under a coordinated, well planned, well-armed terrorist attack, designed to topple her from power. She would react by taking the attack to the terrorists. Well, guess what, that’s exactly what Bashar Al-Assad did and he was strongly backed by his people, illustrated clearly by the mass demonstrations in support of him and the army. UK government authorities and their complicit media were fully on board with all the talk about a revolution of dignity, people’s revolution, fight for freedom, workers revolution or whatever other misnomer is grotesquely applied to a “Jihadist” uprising fueled by the filthy rich Qatari/Saudi dynasties.
As for actions against British nationals returning home after freely travelling to fight in the Middle East, Press TV reported by mid-2016 only one in eight who have fought alongside terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq have faced prosecution after returning to the UK. We can only assume the other 7 in 8 are free to roam the streets, posing a fully predictable and expected threat to the security of civilians, which the government must shoulder much of the blame for.
The low rate of prosecution of British militants is described as being alarming by experts as they believed to pose a major security threat to the country.
Beyond being a cheerleader for regime change in Syria, the UK was an active protagonist long before the bloody Jihadist insurgency erupted in March 2011. Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas created a real ruckus when he appeared on French TV channel LPC, in June 2013. Dumas said:
I am going to tell you something. I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me, that they were preparing something in Syria. This was in Britain not in America. Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer Minister of Foreign Affairs, if I would like to participate. Naturally, I refused, I said I am French, that does not interest me.
UK Special Forces assisted in the training of terrorist groups against Syria, otherwise known as rebels as early as 2011. Such an early intervention and the revelations of Dumas shows the UK and its allies did not intervene to prevent a bloodbath, but rather to cause one, which they thought would all be over very quickly. Buoyed by their apparent success in Libya, the full disaster yet to dawn on them, they thought Syria would be a cinch.
The UK government played a leading role in the diplomatic campaign exerted on Syria through the formation of the Friends of Syria group, a misnomer for a group of nations dedicated to regime change with little to no regard for the fate of Syrians. The UK accused the Assad government of deliberately killing civilians, pressing early on for investigations of crimes against humanity, a theme it has tenaciously clung to over time with the accusations reaching the level of hysteria.
David Cameron made bold statements about fighting ISIS in Syria, even while his policies directly contributed to its rise, the baton picked up by Theresa May, whose response to the Manchester bombing is likely to be increased aggression against Syria, up to and including air strikes, actions which will sustain ISIS and ward off its eventual defeat.
Tony Blair will be condemned by history for taking actions in Iraq which spawned ISIS, the group rising as a response to the sectarian divisions and chaos Iraq was plunged into by the Anglo-American invasion. Impressions that Blair was coaxed into the war by the Bush administration have been dispelled, Blair shown to have enthusiastically advocated for the murderous invasion. The Chilcot inquiry should have paved the way for prosecution of Blair. Instead he retains lucrative consultancy roles, while it is the people of Syria who are paying the price, the ISIS menace which he helped to create spreading like a plague across the land.
The UK government seems to be specializing in lying clowns being dumped into the role of Foreign Secretary. Before the bumbling Boris Johnson and the acid-tongued Phillip Hammond, you may remember the asinine William Hague.
In 2012 Hague set the scene for what has become predictable accusations of chemical weapons use by Assad, warned of military strikes and conveniently used the confidentiality of intelligence sources to cover up the fact he provided no evidence.
Speaking to the BBC in December 2012 he claimed the Syrian army was preparing to use chemical weapons.
“We have seen some evidence of that,” he said. “We and the US, as I said in parliament this week, have seen some evidence of that and that is why we have issued strong warnings about it. We have done so directly to the Syrian regime.” Pressed on what kind of evidence he had seen, Mr. Hague replied: “We absolutely cannot be specific about that because clearly those are intelligence sources that these things come from. “But we have seen enough evidence to know that they need a warning and they have received that warning.”
Hague neglected to make mention of shocking evidence coming from Turkey at that precise time of Free Syrian Army terrorists providing a graphic illustration of the chemical weapons they intended to use against the people of Syria.
Miri Wood reported:
On 5 December 2012, the first threat of FSA chemical weapons attack against Syria came via a video from a lab-like room, in Turkey. The room’s shelves were filled bottles from the Turkish chemical company, Tekkim. The FSA “moderate rebel” did not name the substance used; nonetheless, the speed of its deadliness left no option but VX, the neurotoxic CW. The video showed the poisoning death of two rabbits as the masked terrorists threatened to replicate this many times over on anyone in Syria who supported the legitimate government of Assad. These poor rabbits certainly didn’t think these men were “moderates.” Only useful idiots and the lying political and media elites peddle that line.
Shortly before laying the groundwork for false flag chemical weapons attacks Hague met with the sectarian rebel leader Sheikh Ahmed Mu’az Al-Khatb. Al-Khatb’s sectarian credentials are apparent in referring to Shiite using the slur rawafid, or “rejectionists” and describing Al-Nusra as an important ally in the struggle to destroy the Syrian government.
Ignoring the gulf between the support for Assad and the overwhelming opposition to the rebel groups, Hague, like France, Turkey and the Gulf States recognized the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. The irony of the two men shaking hands on British soil, far removed from the hearts and minds of Syrian people was lost on most in the mainstream media and encapsulates perfectly the sheer arrogance of the UK imperialists hand selecting their chosen puppets to rule by proxy, safeguarding the assets and resources the imperial powers proceed to strip away.
But what is criminal support of sectarian terrorists seeking to destroy the very secular society western states like the UK government profess to be without being beefed up by the supply of copious amounts of weaponry.
The European Union adopted a sensible policy of an arms embargo to the rebel groups in Syria, but being a fractured alliance which threatens to implode, such a position was always going to be undermined. The UK government lobbied to drop the embargo in order to assist the rebels in the violent regime change plans long held by the UK and its allies. Despite the EU’s arms embargo, France and Germany both admitted arming terrorists against Syria.
EU member Bulgaria, also breached the embargo, sending new Grads to terrorists, in September. When Aleppo was liberated in December, the Syrian Arab Army found weapons depots with gifts from various NATO countries.
Weapons were shipped from Croatia through the active assistance of Saudi Arabia to ports in Jordan and Turkey. From there they were funneled into Northern and Southern Syria, British weapons among them. Claimed to be for “moderate” rebels, they soon ended up in the hands of Salafist/Wahhabist groups such as Ahrar Al-Sham who have worked closely with Al-Nusra in Syria.
The UK government of David Cameron urged airstrikes against Syria in August 2013 when Bashar Al-Assad allegedly crossed Barack Obama’s “red line” in using chemical weapons in Ghouta (chemical weapons were used, by western supported terrorists who complained that “They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them. When Saud Prince Bandar gives such weapons to people he must give them to those who know how to use them.”). In an inconvenient reminder of the restraints imposed by parliament, the vote to strike was defeated, politicians like George Galloway vehemently opposed to it. The race to assign blame on Assad without evidence was as quick then as the Khan Shekhoun incident in April. The inconvenient truth of the terrorist groups being responsible was only revealed later after proper investigations and serious investigative journalism.
The UK government has excelled on the psyops front in Syria, its poster child for the art of war by deception being the creation of The White Helmets. They have been sold to us as brave Syrians who have volunteered to rescue their fellow Syrians from the merciless barrel bombing of Assad.
The reality is it is a US State Department and UK Foreign Office asset, set up to generate propaganda to justify “responsibility to protect” military intervention in Syria.
The imposter NGO group was established in Gaziantep, Turkey, not in Syria. They are trained in Turkey and Jordan and have received a staggering amount of funding from the US, UK, Holland, Germany and other nations totaling over $100 million and climbing. A grassroots organization? Hardly. A true grassroots organization in its formative years operating in a war zone would struggle to buy pencils for their offices. How many pencils can $100 million buy?
The list of activities which betrays the White Helmets as an integral part of the terrorist infrastructure is long and unpleasant.
- They have been filmed cleaning up after Al-Nusra executions
- They operate only in terrorist-controlled areas
- White Helmet operatives posted videos of the torture and execution of Syrian Arab Army prisoners. The operatives clearly reveled in the taunting of the prisoners as they were taken to a certain death
- They have stood above the bodies of dead Syria soldiers giving the V for victory sign
- They have referred to Syrian soldiers as “Shabiha” who should be thrown in the trash.
- There are numerous images of White Helmet members waving guns around with terrorists
- White Helmets have engaged in protests and celebrations with terrorists in places such as Idlib
- They have been engaged in organ trafficking.
The leader of the White Helmets, Raed Saleh, was deported from Dulles Airport in the US, in April 2016. State Department spokesman, Mark Toner fumbled around trying to justify why the US would support the White Helmets yet refuse entry to its leader. The State Department has been extremely critical of the Syrian government, while muted in criticism of the terrorist groups they are embedded with.
In Damascus, in early 2017 the White Helmets signed a joint letter with Al-Nusra demanding the army lift a siege in return for turning the water supply to Damascus back on. The demand came after the terrorists had polluted al Fijah spring, the source that has provided human communities with drinking water for thousands of years.
The bumbling novice Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson is following the script and is clearly smitten with the White Helmets. Upon meeting members in Turkey in late 2016 he said, “They are fantastically brave, these White Helmets. I’m proud to say we’re giving them I think £32 million [US$39.78 million] funding as part of a wider £65 million package for a non-humanitarian aid.” [emphasis added]
Johnson appears to have no qualms in taking his shenanigans as mayor of London into the more reserved arena of foreign diplomacy. He also has an acid tongue, calling for the “decapitation” of Assad and for Russia to end its “blind support” for him.
The UK government surely knows about decapitation.
Johnson endorsed Donald Trump’s war crime of 59 Tomahawk missiles launched at the Shayrat airbase in April. Just waiting for the pretext of another alleged chemical weapons attack, Johnson said it would be very difficult to say no to any US request to join in airstrikes against Syria. That is of course true if you are a US vassal state with no independent foreign policy. He signaled any strike may be fast-tracked, bypassing a parliamentary vote. The warmongers and the military-industrial complex will be very relieved at the prospect of overturning the democratic principle that war should not be waged without the consent of parliament. While the UK government is in a caretaker mode in the run up to the 8 June election, there is some concern Theresa May’s government may take the opportunity to launch airstrikes on Syria.
The suicide bombing may have been carried out by Salman Abedi, but behind it lies the actions of MI5, MI6 and the British deep state. This man, who had ties to the LIFG in Libya and ISIS in Syria, wrought destruction on the people of Manchester, a terrifying example of blowback. Frankenstein returned to exact revenge on his master.
Unfortunately, Abedi is just one of the hundreds of thousands of Salafists/Wahhabis who have illegally entered Syria under the direct assistance and training of UK government intelligence. The scandal which desperately needs to emerge in the face of the deep state, mainstream media efforts to suppress it, will ideally lead to regime change in the UK government with Theresa May enjoying a very short reign at 10 Downing Street.
This would leave Bashar Al-Assad outlasting yet another warmongering western politician seeking his removal. According to the will of the Syrian people long may his reign continue. And as we pay respects to the innocent civilians murdered in Manchester, let us also pray for the brave people of Syria at the coalface of fighting imperialist power backed terrorism.
— Paul Mansfield