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REVEALED: UK admits contact with Libyan group linked to Manchester bomber

[b]LONDON - The UK government has admitted it is "likely" it was in communications with former members of an al-Qaeda-linked Libyan militant group linked to the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi and his family during the country's 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.
Following last May's Manchester Arena attack, which killed 22 children and adults, it emerged that Abedi, 22, the British-born son of exiled Libyan dissident, returned to the north African country in 2011 with his father to fight with factions linked to the former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), alongside other anti-Gaddafi forces.
MEE revealed that British security services operated an “open door” policy that allowed Libyan exiles and British-Libyan citizens to join the 2011 uprising even though some had previously been subject to counter-terrorism control orders.
The rebels were also backed by NATO, with the UK, France and the US conducting air strikes targeting Gaddafi forces. Gaddafi himself was killed by militants following an air strike on a convoy in which he was travelling in October 2011.

But, for the first time, the government has admitted it was "likely" it was in contact with "former members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group", an organisation which was banned in the UK because of its links to al-Qaeda.

The LIFG was founded in 1995 by anti-Gaddafi Libyan fighters who had fought against the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, and the group had close contacts with the leaders of al-Qaeda, which also emerged out of the same fight.

But the LIFG subsequently distanced itself from al-Qaeda in 2009 and condemned the targeting of civilians.
“During the Libyan conflict in 2011 the British Government was in communication with a wide range of Libyans involved in the conflict against the Gaddafi regime forces. It is likely that this included former members of Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and 17 February Martyrs' Brigade, as part of our broad engagement during this time,” said Foreign Office minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt, in a written response to a parliamentary question, which was published just after MPs rose for their Parliamentary break at Easter.

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The LIFG was reported to have disbanded in 2010 but its key leaders were still active in 2011and many of its former members joined the 17 February Martyrs' Brigade, one of the main anti-Gaddafi fighting forces as the revolution gathered pace in 2011.

Many volunteers from Manchester also fought for the 17 February Martyrs' Brigade, including Ramadan Abedi, Salman Abedi's father, who was reportedly a former member of the LIFG.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, who asked the question, said: "The Foreign Office has told me that it is 'likely' it had links to the Libyan rebel group for which the Manchester bomber fought."
He said the response left the government with "serious questions" to answer over whether it facilitated Abedi's travel to fight in Libya.
After his father returned to Libya in 2011 to fight for LIFG, Abedi reportedly travelled back and forth between his home and Manchester and Tripoli, and fought alongside his father during the school holidays.
Other reports indicate he was injured in 2014 in eastern Libya while fighting for an Islamist militant faction.
Fabian Hamilton MP, a member of Labour's shadow foreign office team, told MEE: “These revelations show that the British government must look more closely at who it supports and has communications with, not only in Libya, but across the world. The situation in Libya in 2011 was extremely complex, and still is today, with several different organisations claiming to represent the people of that country, while showing a willingness to take part in violence to meet their political ends.”
'No questions asked'
Following the Manchester attacks, several former Libyan rebel fighters now back in the UK told MEE that they had been able to travel to Libya with "no questions asked" and that "old-school LIFG guys" were allowed to travel to the country.
At the time, sources told MEE it appeared the government allowed the travel of Libyan exiles keen to fight against Gaddafi, including some whom it had earlier deemed to pose a potential security risk.
Raffaello Pantucci, director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), told MEE the revelations showed the “complexity” of the Libyan conflict. “If you are dealing with a situation when armed groups are the dominant forces, you are obliged to deal with them, but in a fluid situation, as was the case in Libya, you can find that someone who was an ally one day can produce conflict the next," he said. 
Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner and outreach director of human rights group Cage, who visited Libya in 2011, told MEE that the British government's use of and support for former members of the LIFG during the Libyan uprising was a "pretty open secret".....

Einer der Unterstützer des IS-Selbstmord-Terroristen des blutigen Terroranschlags in Manchester am 22. Mai 2017 (mit 23 Toten!) - hat nun bei Gericht in Großbritannien ausgesagt, dass er von NATO-Militärausbildern für den Krieg in Libyen militärisch ausgebildet wurde und hatte auch an dem von den USA & Großbritannien geführten Krieg in Libyen aktiv teilgenommen - mit den Worte: "Habe viele Sachen dort getan".

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