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Manchester Bombing: “Blowback from British Collusion with Jihadists”

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1*q7vmWMEGFKQ20ZjWyVWB-ABusiness Insider UK reports: “Theresa May is ‘responsible’ for London terror attack and must resign says top David Cameron aide.”

[BCC reports: “Qatar row: Saudi and Egypt among countries to cut Doha links.” Mehdi Hasan tweets: “Saudi Arabia is accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism and sectarianism. In other news, the pot has called the kettle black.”]

NAFEEZ AHMED, [in London] iprdoffice at gmail.com, @NafeezAhmed

An independent, London-based investigative reporter, Ahmed’s books include A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization. He is “System Shift” columnist at VICE.

He just co-wrote the piece “The Manchester Bombing: Blowback from British state collusion with jihadists abroad” with author Mark Curtis.

The piece states: “The evidence suggests that the barbaric Manchester bombing, which killed 22 innocent people on May 22, is a case of blowback on British citizens arising at least partly from the overt and covert actions of British governments. The British state therefore has a serious case to answer. We focus primarily here on UK policies towards Libya but also touch on some of those related to Iraq and Syria. …

“The evidence points to the LIFG [Libyan Islamic Fighting Group] being seen by the UK as a proxy militia to promote its foreign policy objectives. Whitehall also saw Qatar as a proxy to provide boots on the ground in Libya in 2011, even as it empowered hardline Islamist groups.

“Both David Cameron, then Prime Minister, and Theresa May — who was Home Secretary in 2011 when Libyan radicals were encouraged to fight Qadafi  —  clearly have serious questions to answer. We believe an independent public enquiry is urgently needed. …

“[Manchester bomber] Salman Abedi and his father were members of a Libyan dissident group  —  the [LIFG]  — covertly supported by the UK to assassinate Qadafi in 1996. At this time, the LIFG was an affiliate of Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda and LIFG leaders had various connections to this terror network. ..

“The evidence suggests that British actions in three different theatres — Libya, Iraq and Syria — cannot be viewed in isolation.

“In Libya, U.S. and UK-led intervention destroyed the functioning state and created a vacuum allowing hardline Islamist fighters to consolidate their foothold in the country. This paved the way for the empowerment of ISIS. The direct line between Libyan and Syrian Islamist rebels fuelled jihadism in both countries. …

“A secret memo written for then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in August 2014 (which appeared on the WikiLeaks website in 2016) noted that the Saudi and Qatari governments ‘are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL [ISIS] and other radical Sunni groups in the region.'”