WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 1996 -- Today, the Washington Post reported
unrest in Libya which the Libyans believe is led by a Col. Khalifa
Haftar based in the U.S. On May 17, 1991 the Washington Times reported
that three hundred and fifty Libyans would arrive soon in the United
States. So what's the connection?
It turns out that the Libyans who arrived in the U.S. in 1991 were
not the Libyan President Ghaddafi's terrorists. They were our folks,
trained by our CIA. These terrorists, which our government (ever mindful
of our sensitivities) prefers to call guerillas, were trained by our CIA
to topple President Ghaddafi. Last December 1990 when a new government
less sympathetic to our mission was formed in Chad, we tried to find
another home for our folks. It seemed that no one wanted our recruits,
and so they were flown to the United States from Kenya where they were
being temporarily housed. Col. Haftar was part of this group.
Col. Haftar is now reported to be the leader of a contra-style group
based in the U.S. called the Libyan National Army. This group is supported by the U.S., and has
been given training facilities in the U.S. It's a good presumption that
Col. Haftar's group operates in Libya with the blessings of our
The question is, "Is Libya terrorizing the U.S., or is the U.S.
[A small group of U.S. troops quietly helped Chad's military in a
running battle this week against an Algerian Islamic group, U.S. sources
said Thursday.--Barbara Starr, "U.S. backs
Chad against extremists", CNN Washington, March 11, 2004]
["Chad is ready to co-operate with neighbouring countries to combat the
Salafist group - especially Niger, because the Salafists came through
Niger, so we are ready to co-operate with Niger to fight the Salafists."
But the real problem with US's Pan-Sahel Initiative is that it could
release monsters never dreamed of by Washington planners.
Al-Qaeda was, after all, a product of US strategy to arm the Mujahedeen
and tear Afghanistan from the grasp of the Soviet Union.
The Chadian government is hardly a squeaky-clean democracy.--Martin Plaut,
terrorism in Chad", BBC News, August 6, 2004]
[Khalifa Hifter was once a top military officer for Libyan
leader Moammar Gadhafi, but after a disastrous military adventure in
Chad in the late 1980s, Hifter switched to the anti-Gadhafi opposition.
. . . Since coming to the United States in the early 1990s, Hifter
lived in suburban Virginia outside Washington, D.C. Badr said he was
unsure exactly what Hifter did to support himself, and that Hifter
primarily focused on helping his large family.--Chris Adams, "New rebel leader spent much of past 20 years in
suburban Virginia," McClatchy Newspapers, March 26, 2011]
[Khalifa Haftar, a former
army colonel who recently returned to Libya after living for many years
in Falls Church, was initially hailed by the Transitional National
Council as a leader who could help discipline the new army and train its
largely volunteer ranks.
[From the outset in the early to mid-1990s, the Libya Islamic Fighting
Group (LIFG) performed the role of an "intelligence asset" on behalf of
the CIA and Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. Starting in
1995, the LIFG was actively involved in waging an Islamic Jihad directed
against the secular Libyan regime, including a 1996 attempted
assassination of Muamar Qadhafi.--John Michel Chossudovsky, "'Our
Man in Tripoli': US-NATO Sponsored Islamic Terrorists Integrate
Libya's Pro-Democracy Opposition," Global Research, April 3,
[It took nearly 15 years for Hifter to march on Libya. It also took a massive war that
was purported to support a popular uprising. Hifter, as Baker described, is the Libyan
equivalent of Iraq's Ahmed Chalabi, a discredited figure with strong allies in
Libyan Bedlam: General Hifter, the CIA and the Unfinished Coup,"
middle-east-online.com, February 20, 2014]