Syria and Mali: Intended and Unintended Islamist Terrorist rat lines and the Libya angle
Syria and Mali: Intended and Unintended Islamist Terrorist rat lines and the Libya angle
Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The reality of modern day Syria and Mali says much about the schizophrenic approach to foreign policy in relationship to America, France and the United Kingdom. Gulf nations and Turkey are also the major linchpins which are uniting the Western and Sunni Islamic plotlines but in Mali these interests are clashing. Therefore, while the usual players conspired against Colonel Gaddafi in Libya just like they are conspiring against the government of Syria; the Mali crisis resembles the Islamist vacuum which entered parts of Pakistan.
Syria and Mali also share other common denominators. For example, moderate religious forces are being undermined by Salafi Islamists which seek to impose an “Islamist year zero” on the people of both nations. Likewise, terrorism, the rule of fear, massive indoctrination and the destruction of older positive cultural aspects are being attacked. Indeed, many Sufi shrines have been destroyed by Salafi Islamists in both Libya and Mali alongside other religious based architecture.
In Mali the political vacuum was filled by Islamist factions who had a free reign during the “manmade” crisis of Libya. Once the Gaddafi government fell to the forces of NATO, Islamist terrorist factions, mercenaries, covert operatives and internal insurgents – then the region became awash with military hardware. Equally important, all centralization aspects of Libya collapsed and Islamist indoctrination from the Gulf also filled the vacuum for many individuals.
France highlights the schizophrenic approach to international terrorist networks. After all, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande have equally been involved in this reality during the former period of Sarkozy and the current period under Hollande. Sarkozy had no qualms in bombing Libya and siding with terrorist Islamist networks in order to oust Gaddafi from power based on the self-interests of France. His mantle was taken over by Hollande who also manipulates the terrorist and mercenary rat lines in Libya in unison with the CIA, Turkey, Qatar, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia, in order to destabilize Syria. Yet, both French governments under Sarkozy and Hollande are opposed to the same Islamist factions taking over Mali and other friendly nations in the region. Therefore, “the rent a terrorist” methodology is both chaotic and callous to the full.
The Daily Telegraph (UK) stated in late 2011 that “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.”
Of course, since this time it is clear that the rat lines have intensified against Syria. However, it does highlight the strong connection between the CIA, Libya, France, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom which have enabled countless different Islamist terrorist factions to spring up in Syria. Also, it is further evidence that outside nations have been involved in the crisis from the start and that they have instigated the horrendous bloodshed. Similarly, the growing strength of powerful Islamist factions is enabling many Al Qaeda splinter groups to grow in power. This means that just like in Iraq where Islamist terrorism was rare during the rule of Saddam Hussein – the same Islamist terrorist reality entered Syria just like it did in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s. Of course, each time this reality only emerged once the former leaders were toppled or during toppling them because prior to outside meddling the Islamist terrorist angle was minor in scale.
The New York Times commented in June 2012 that “A small number of C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, according to American officials and Arab intelligence officers.”
“The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the officials said.”
Meanwhile in Mali it was stated by Bill Roggio in The Long War Journal that “…the al Qaeda-linked Movement for Tawhid [Unity] and Jihad in West Africa, which controls Gao, announced the creation of the Abdullah Azzam, Al Zarqawi, and the Abu al Laith al Libi battalions, as well as the Martyrdom-Seekers Battalion. These battalions join the previously established Osama bin Laden Battalion.”
“As the Islamist alliance advances southward, the international community continues to sit on its hands. In mid-December, the UN approved the formation of an African military force called the African-led International Support Mission in Mali, or AFISMA, to retake northern Mali from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and allied Islamist groups. But the AFISMA force of about 3,300 troops is not expected to deploy until sometime in September 2013 and funding for AFISMA has not been established.”
This means that the crisis in northern Mali reached a new dimension after the demise of Gaddafi because various Islamist factions filled the vacuum. Yet while nations like America, France and the United Kingdom are opposed to these Islamist terrorist networks in northern Mali. The same nations are still manipulating and working together with many rat lines in Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, and Turkey, in order to destabilize Syria. Yet just like the Afghanistan issue in the 1980s and 1990s continues to haunt parts of Pakistan and modern day Afghanistan; the very same nations appear to care little about blowback and utilizing terrorism despite not being able to contain this reality afterwards. It also implies that American and British troops are just fodder for respective American and British governments. After all, in Afghanistan they are fighting former allies meanwhile in Syria both governments are working on the same side with Islamist terrorist networks which killed thousands of allied troops in Iraq.
In an earlier article about Libya, Mali, and Syria by Modern Tokyo Times it was stated that “The ‘bomb democracy’ Western and Gulf policy in Libya brought on the massacres of black Africans, killing of Gaddafi loyalists and created a “new society” based on disorder which is currently ongoing. Indeed, the chaos which is engulfing Libya is now destabilizing Northern Mali and creating problems for Tunisia. This destabilization is based on vast quantities of military hardware being available and more dangerously the Salafi ideology is spreading because of money from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.”
“Turning back to Libya and Northern Mali then currently Salafist organizations are intent on destroying all Islamic thought patterns outside of their “blinkered monoculture,” which thrives on hatred and fear. Indeed, in Syria video evidence survives which makes it clear that the Western and Islamist “marriage of convenience” is now spreading this dangerous ideology within this country. Therefore, mainstream Islam and religious minorities have much to fear in Syria. However, like usual political leaders in London, Paris and Washington will support any form of barbarity providing it meets their geopolitical ambitions.”
Therefore, the intended Islamist terrorist network was openly installed into full play against Gaddafi in Libya. This meant that NATO, Islamist terrorist networks, insurgents, mercenaries, covert operatives and powerful media outlets in the West and Gulf region all worked together against Gaddafi. However, the unintended northern Mali happened just like the ongoing crisis in Pakistan and the failure to turn off the Islamist terrorist angle in Afghanistan, which had been supported in the 1980s and 1990s. In Iraq “a clash emerged within friends” because clearly Saudi Arabia disapproved of the loss of Sunni power. Given this reality, Saudi Arabian jihadists represented the highest figure of international jihadists who went to Iraq in order to kill American, British and other allied troops – alongside the usual carnage and terrorism which followed. Currently the destabilization of Syria is still ongoing whereby the usual forces have joined forces once more despite differences within the intended terrorist networks which should be supported.
Overall, the policy of supporting “intended” and “unintended” Islamist terrorist networks is sadly becoming all too familiar. Likewise, after more than 40 years of meddling in Afghanistan and spending trillions of dollars you still have mass chaos, persecution against women, daily terrorism, rampant corruption, narcotic issues and apostates face the death penalty. Similarly, this reality created a nightmare for Pakistan and greater militancy is zapping the energy of this nation state which can’t control its border areas. In Iraq the power vacuum enabled Islamist terrorist networks to flourish after untold numbers were killed by sanctions prior to the invasion. Today this nation faces daily terrorist attacks and is a failed state whereby sectarian issues and ethnic issues remain unsolved. Libya also is currently a failed state whereby various militias rule the roost and Sufi shrines are now fair game. Meanwhile, Mali is now being dragged into the endless failures of interventionist policies whereby Libya created a vacuum for Islamist terrorist networks. Also, the ongoing meddling in Syria means that this multi-religious and multi-cultural society is being destabilized by barbaric forces which support sectarianism, terrorism, sedition, and Islamist indoctrination. These collective realities mean more failed states, fresh opportunities for international terrorist networks, vast numbers of people being killed, the increasing marginalization of religious minorities and the deteriorating reality for women which face many heavy burdens following the Western and Gulf alliance of collective chaos.