June 03, 2013

Arab Spring! al-Qaeda Leader's Brother Noted Terrorist Abd Al-Wahhab Muhammad Qaid Running for President in Libya

You know what happened in Benghazi is not the only thing Bronco Bamma doesn't want to talk about in Libya.

The brother of a top Al Qaeda commander killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan last summer is emerging as a strong candidate to become Libya’s top elected official.

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Image credit NY Times who describes Abu Idris al-Libi as a moderate Islamist lawmaker

Abd Al-Wahhab Muhammad Qaid is a former member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), jihadists who struggled for more than two decades to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi and mounted an insurgency in eastern Libya before seeking sanctuary in Afghanistan. He was nominated for the presidency of the country’s parliament, the General National Congress (GNC).

The killing last year of Qaid's brother, Abu Yahya al-Libi, is thought to have been one of the motives for Libyan jihadists to attack the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last September, an assault that led to the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Al Qaeda’s spiritual leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, focused his annual 9/11 message on America’s drone war just days before the consulate attack, eulogized al-Libi and called on “Libyan brothers” to avenge the loss.

Previous: Jawa Pic of the Year: Osama al-Libi in Tessawa South Libya.
Abu Yahya al Libi aka Al Hussein Mohammad Abu Baker Qayed Funeral Pics.

Note on that second link the pics of Abu Yahya al Libi's funeral in Libya and the story they were with has been conveniently tossed down the memory hole.

By Howie at 08:26 AM | |