Key problem in Libya: Some Arab allies of US+EU are backing Gen. Haftar, one key roadblock to reconciliation
This piece, translated by our Mideastwire.com, is important because it suggests an arrested ISIS member was actively ferrying terrorists to the EU for upcoming operations.
It is also critical because it underscores a key contradiction that is helping to hold back reconciliation and stability in Libya – some of the US and EU’s best Arab allies, especially Egypt and Jordan, are actively supporting Gen Haftar in the East and are (apparently) refusing to help bend him to the Libya Political Agreement.
On May 4, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report by its correspondent in Amman Tarek al-Fayed: “Reliable sources revealed that the Libyan security bodies led by General Khalifa Haftar recently surrendered to the Jordanian security bodies a Jordanian citizen linked to the Islamic State organization on the Libyan arena, after he had helped Algerian fighters illegally enter Europe by sea in preparation for the staging of terrorist operations, and transported and smuggled heavy arms to the Tunisian and Algerian scenes. According to the charge sheet issued by the Jordanian State Security Court, the accused, M.Z., transported explosives to be used in terrorist acts, collected and transported funds to terrorist groups, and helped individuals carry out terrorist operations.
“The charge sheet, a copy of which was acquired by Al-Quds al-Arabi, also mentioned that the Jordanian national transported funds, heavy and light arms – DShK and anti-aircraft weapons – and dozens of explosive belts dispatched by the leader of the organization on the Libyan arena, Salem ad-Dabashi, to the number two man of the organization in Tunisia, a.k.a. Abu ad-Darda’, Moreover, he helped Algerians and Tunisians illegally exit their country and enter Libya, before joining the [Islamic] State organization as fighters and receiving the necessary weapons upon their arrival to Sabratha, from which they were sent to fight with the organization in Sirte. He also helped Algerian fighters illegally enter Europe by sea to stage terrorist operations in it, as revealed by the charge sheet which also pointed to his participation in terrorist military operations on the Libyan arena.
“These operations included the seizing of an Al-Ittihad Bank vehicle and the money it contained, and an attack on two Libyan police stations to release a number of organization elements who were held in them. The charge sheet also stated that the accused was arrested upon his arrival at the Queen Alia International Airport, which he denied via his attorney Musa al-Abdullat. In addition, the Islamic organizations’ attorney Musa al-Abdullat denied all the charges made against his client, and considered that the investigations were null and in violation of the conditions and restrictions of a just prosecution and the interrogation measures. He assured Al-Quds al-Arabi there was no prisoner exchange accord between Libya and Jordan, and no constitutional judicial system in Libya, adding that all the statements attributed to his client were void and unrelated to Jordan, and that his surrender by the Libyan authorities fell in the context of security and intelligence cooperation, not a judicial one.
“It is worth mentioning at this level that Libyan General Khalifa Haftar had secretly visited Jordan and met with Jordanian officials on many occasions.”