The terror attack in Manchester, U.K. on May 22 was reportedly carried out by Salman Abedi, whose father Ramadan Abedi has been identified as a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) headed by Abdelhakim Belhadj. In the 1990s, the LIFG was deployed by Britain’s MI6 to assassinate Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi. When that effort failed, Ramadan Abedi, like a number of other members of the LIFG, fled to the United Kingdom.
In 2007, after senior members of the LIFG announced that the group had officially joined Al Qaeda, it was placed on the list of terrorist organizations by the U.S., the UN and the UK.
Nevertheless, when the decision was made in 2011 by British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to overthrow Qaddafi (and eventually assassinate him), the LIFG was redeployed to Libya from exile in the UK, with the backing of those same countries. As window-dressing, the LIFG renamed itself Libyan Islamic Movement for Change.
The ongoing investigation into the Manchester atrocity has now raised several disturbing question:
- The alleged suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was conveniently provided with a bank card, through which he could be identified.
- Although he had been signaled five times to the police as a potential terrorist, he was never arrested.
- After the attack, his father, Ramadan Abedi, was arrested together with his younger son, Hashim Abedi, who is accused of planning a follow-up attack, in Tripoli by a local militia. Thus, suddenly, in a country where there is no effective government and anarchy reigns, an international arrest warrant was executed within 24 hours. Either this is a miracle, or the British are actually running Libya…
- Ramadan Abedi was a security officer under Muammar Qaddafi, until he went over to the British and worked for MI6 in the overthrow the Libyan leader. According to a witness report in the Guardian, “three-quarters of the fighters at the beginning of the revolution were from Manchester — the rest came from London, Sheffield, China and Japan. From everywhere.”
- Abdullah Al-Thinni, the Prime Minister of the Libyan government based in Tobruk, Libya, issued a statement following the Manchester terror attack, as reported by the Libya Herald, in which he stated that his government had warned the British government that London was harboring Libyan terrorists, but the UK authorities continued to offer safe haven to members of the LIFG and the Muslim Brotherhood.
The LIFG, the statement said, “has been recruiting Libyan and Muslim youth in the UK and Europe and sending them to Libya and other countries to deliver terrorism and death.” Nonetheless, the successive British governments “insisted that we share power in Libya with these terrorist organizations and their militias, the LIFG and the Muslim Brotherhood.”
In light of all this, the terror attack in Manchester is either a catastrophic blowback against the MI6’s strategy, or there is much more behind it than has been officially made known. That may explain why the Manchester police cut all intelligence exchanges with US authorities on May 24, only to resume them two days later, after Theresa May had spoken with Donald Trump at the NATO meeting.