Libyans: Al-Qaida handled ‘security’ at Tripoli embassy
A secret document obtained by former Muslim Brotherhood member Walid Shoebat suggests the Obama administration approved assigning a member of al-Qaida to handle security at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.
According to a report published today by Shoebat, the confirmation comes from a letter dated Aug. 30, 2011, informing the al-Qaida member he now has responsibility for security in Tripoli, “to include all international embassies.”
The letter was to Abdel Hakim al-Khowailidi Belhaj and signed by Mustafa Muhammad Abdul Jalil on behalf of the National Transitional Council, with which the U.S. was working at the time after Moammar Gadhafi fell from power in Libya.
Belhaj previously has been described by al-Qaida kingpin Ayman al-Zawahiri as “the amir of the mujahideen, the patient and steadfast [Belhaj].”
Shoebat, who was joined by talk-show host Ben Barrack in the investigation of the document, said the letter was from “a treasure trove of secret documents” obtained by a Libyan source.
“It shows that in supporting the removal of Gadhafi, the Obama administration seemed to sign on to an arrangement that left forces loyal to al-Qaida in charge of security at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli from 2011 through at least the spring of 2012,” they wrote.