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    Gadhafi son may be linked to Iraq attack

    By MUHEIDDIN RASHAD, Associated Press Writer


    BAGHDAD - A devastating explosion in northern Iraq was spearheaded by foreign fighters under the sponsorship of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of the Libyan leader, a security chief for Sunni tribesmen who rose up against al-Qaida in Iraq said Saturday.

    Col. Jubair Rashid Naief, who also is a police official in Anbar province, said the Anbar Awakening Council had alerted the U.S. military to the possible arrival in the northern city of Mosul of the Seifaddin Regiment, made up of about 150 foreign and Iraqi fighters, as long as three months ago.

    The U.S. military did not immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment about Naief's claim.

    "They crossed the Syrian border nearest to Mosul within the last two to three months. Since then, they have taken up positions in the city and begun blowing up cars and launching other terror operations," Naief told The Associated Press.

    The so-called Anbar Awakening Council is a grouping of Sunni tribes in the western province that last year turned against al-Qaida and began working with U.S. forces. The council is credited with the sharp drop in violence in the former insurgent redoubt.

    The movement has since been spread by Americans through Baghdad and surrounding districts. That and the introduction of 30,000 additional U.S. troops by mid-2007 are seen as the main factors in the recent decline in violence in the country.

    Naief did not explain why the younger Gadhafi would be sponsoring the group of fighters. Seif Gadhafi, however, was quoted by the Austrian Press Agency last year as warning Europeans against more attacks by radical Islamists.

    "The only solution to contain radicalism is the rapid departure of Western troops from Iraq as well as Afghanistan, and a solution to the Palestinian question," Gadhafi was quoted as saying.

    Touted as a reformer, 36-year-old Gadhafi has increasingly been sharing his father's spotlight and reaching out to the West to soften Libya's image and return it to the international mainstream. He has no official government post, but many see him as the man most likely to take power in the North African country when his father steps down or dies.

    The massive explosion in Mosul on Wednesday and the suicide attack assassination of a top police official the next day have prompted obvious concern among Iraq's leaders.

    On Friday, the government said it would dispatch several thousand more security forces to Mosul in a "decisive" bid to drive al-Qaida in Iraq from its last major stronghold.

    Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gave no details on troop strength or timing, but his announcement added to growing signs that Mosul could represent a pivotal showdown with insurgents chased north by U.S.-led offensives.

    "Today, our troops started moving toward Mosul ... and the fight there will be decisive," al-Maliki said during a speech in the Shiite holy city of Karbala.

    The challenge, however, is whether the Iraqi forces have the firepower and training to lead an offensive into Iraq's third-largest city. The U.S. military is relatively thin across northern Iraq and has signaled no immediate plans to shift troops from key zones in and around Baghdad.

    Mosul is now considered the main logistical hub for al-Qaida in Iraq because of its size and location sitting at crossroads between Baghdad, Syria, Turkey and Iran. Many extremists fled north as U.S.-led forces began gaining ground in former insurgent strongholds last year, aided by Sunni tribes that rose up against al-Qaida and its backers.

    Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf told The Associated Press that 3,000 police were being sent to the Mosul region to augment the understaffed force.

    Ninevah province, whose capital is Mosul, has about 18,000 policemen. But only about 3,000 of those operate in the city of nearly 2 million, according to police spokesman Saeed al-Jubouri.

    A Defense Ministry official said several thousand Iraqi soldiers would be moved from Baghdad and Anbar province. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is sensitive.

    "We have asked the prime minister to send us fresh units because we cannot defeat the terrorists with the weak units we have now in the city," Maj. Gen. Riyad Jalal, a senior Iraqi officer in the Mosul area. "We need new equipment and stronger weapons because most of our security members have only rifles."

    Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, has become a fulcrum on two fronts.

    First the United States is trying to keep Iraqi security forces in the lead as a major test of Washington's long-range plans, which seek to keep a smaller American force in Iraq as backup for local soldiers and police.

    Second, U.S. officials say Mosul has become the only remaining major city in Iraq where al-Qaida is able to operate with any freedom. Major centers of al-Qaida activity in the past including the western Anbar province, Baghdad and Baqouba north of the capital no longer offer easy refuge.

    Al-Maliki announced reinforcements for Mosul two days after an abandoned apartment building, believed to be used as a bomb-making factory, was blown apart as the Iraqi army was investigating tips about a weapons cache.

    At least 34 people were killed and 224 wounded when the blast tore through surrounding houses in the Zanjili neighborhood, a poverty-ridden district on the west bank of the Tigris River. No soldiers were reported killed.

    A suicide bomber then killed a police chief and two other officers Thursday as they toured the devastation. Residents taunted the chief and pelted him with rocks moments before he was killed.

    Source: AP

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    Strange news indeed.

    The son a Big taghut(Muammar al-Gaddafi,) is now a prince of jihad while the son of a Big Mujahid(Osama Bin Laden,) is now a prince of peace.

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    Well, thats only one of the sons of Abu Abdillah.

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    I don't know, maybe it is just me, but Sayf al-Islam al-Qadhafi doesn't look like the hardened Islamic militant-type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brother_Mujahid View Post


    I don't know, maybe it is just me, but Sayf al-Islam al-Qadhafi doesn't look like the hardened Islamic militant-type.
    Well, yes. In that picture at least. People do change. Some may take their shahada today and be killed as a martyr today.

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    Gadhafi son accused again

    BangkokPost.com, Agencies

    Last month, the son of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi visited Thailand, and embarrassed government hosts by his implied support for southern militants. Now, Iraq leaders have accused Saif al-Islam Gadhafi of leading a foreign terrorist gang responsible for a terrorist bombing in northern Iraq last week which killed and wounded more than 250 people.

    An Iraqi security chief for Sunni tribesmen who rose up against al-Qaeda said on Saturday that al-Islam is behind a group of foreign and Iraqi fighters responsible for the devastating explosion which destroyed about 50 buildings in a Mosul slum last Wednesday, leaving 38 dead and 225 wounded.

    Col Jubair Rashid Naief, who also is a police official in Anbar province, said the bombing was carried out by the Saifaddin Regiment, made up of about 150 foreign and Iraqi fighters who slipped into the country several months ago from Syria.

    Naief said the regiment, which is working with the terrorist group al-Qaeda in Iraq, was supported by Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, 36, the eldest son of the Libyan leader.

    "I am sure of what I am talking about, and it is documented," Naief said, adding that he was "100 per cent sure" of the younger Gadhafi's role with the terror group.

    The young Gadhafi visited Thailand last month, invited by government officials who seemed unaware of his extremist views.

    He "expressed concerns" about the government's treatment of Muslims in general, and especially in the deep South.

    Reports said that the Libyan asked Deputy Prime Minister Sonthi Boonyaratkalin - a leading Thai Muslim - if Thai-Muslims, who make up 80 per cent of the population in the deep South, comprising Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces, had been properly treated, according to an official who attended the meeting.

    Gadhafi's son told Gen Sonthi he was seeking clarification from senior officials because he had been told that Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist country, discriminated against Muslims, and disturbances stemmed from this.

    The son of the Libyan dictator said he would report the details of his trip to members of the Organisation of Islamic Conference, the world's largest Muslim grouping.

    His father, Moammar Gadhafi, was a chief supporter of the southern separatists in the 1970s. Many of the groups in the South were fomented and supported by Gadhafi at that time, especially the dominant anti-government group Patani United Liberation Organisation, known as Pulo. Al-Islam Gadhafi's father gave sanctuary to Pulo leaders when they were first wanted by Thai authorities for murder and terrorism in the South.

    According to press reports from the Middle East on Sunday, a man who answered the phone at the younger Gadhafi's office in Tripoli said Gadhafi was not immediately available for comment on the accusation by Iraq that he was the leader of a terrorist gang.

    Naief told The Associated Press news agency that his information about the Saifaddin Regiment and the younger Gadhafi's purported role came from "reliable sources" maintained by his Anbar Awakening Council within the ranks of al-Qaeda in Mosul and elsewhere, the AP reported from Baghdad.

    "They crossed the Syrian border nearest to Mosul within the last two to three months," Naief said of the Saifaddin Regiment. "Since then, they have taken up positions in the city and begun blowing up cars and launching other terror operations."

    The Anbar Awakening Council is an alliance of Sunni tribes in the western province that turned against al-Qaeda and began working with U.S. forces. The council is credited with the sharp drop in violence in Anbar, once the main base for the insurgents.

    Saif al-Islam, however, seems an unlikely figure as a sponsor of terrorism. Touted as a reformer, the younger Gadhafi has been reaching out to the West to soften Libya's image and return it to the international mainstream.

    Known in Libya as "The Engineer," he won praise last year for helping release five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who were jailed in Libya for allegedly infecting Libyan children with HIV.

    Educated at a British university and fluent in English, German and French, he also has gained exposure as head of the Gadhafi International Association for Charitable Organisations, a so-called non-governmental network concerned with issues like human rights and education.

    However, he also was quoted by the Austrian Press Agency last year as warning Europeans against more attacks by radical Islamists.

    "The only solution to contain radicalism is the rapid departure of Western troops from Iraq as well as Afghanistan, and a solution to the Palestinian question," Gadhafi was quoted as saying.



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    Quote Originally Posted by abumuwahid View Post
    Well, yes. In that picture at least. People do change. Some may take their shahada today and be killed as a martyr today.
    Indeed, but I wasn't questioning the Islam of Sayf al-Islam, as I assume that he is a Muslim until proven otherwise and he cannot be held responsible for the kufr of his father. He does seem to be involved in much good charity work and speaking up for the cause of oppressed Muslims. That being said, I'd like to see some empirical evidence before accepting that he is the next bin Laden or al-Zarqawi. Furthermore, the so-called Awakening Council is a band of apostate traitors, brigands, and highway robbers, so I don't trust anything they say.

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