Belhaj case lifts the veil on Britain’s dirty wars for regime change: Part two
20 June 2018
This is the second of a two-part series. Part one was posted on June 19.
Documents found in abandoned government offices in Tripoli after the 2011 NATO-led invasion of Libya included a letter from Sir Mark Allen, a senior officer in Britain’s spy agency MI6, to Libya’s intelligence chief, Musa Kusa, who switched sides and fled to Britain, showing that the CIA, with help from British intelligence, used Diego Garcia as a stopover for rendering Belhaj and his pregnant wife.
In the letter dated March 2004, Allen congratulated Kusa on the “safe arrival” of Belhaj and added, “This was the least we could do for you and for Libya to demonstrate the remarkable relationship we have built over recent years.” He added that while the CIA had provided the aircraft for the rendition operation, “the intelligence … was British.”
The same documents revealed that Britain’s SAS was involved in training the Khamis Brigade, commanded by one of Gaddafi’s sons and thought to have been behind some of the worst atrocities during the war to overthrow Gaddafi. Ninety of these killers were brought to Britain for instruction, before going back to Libya with Blair’s stamp of approval.
The papers noted that officials observed that “the UK is prepared to do anything to maintain its commercial and other ties with Libya.” Blair helped Gaddafi’s son and heir, Saif al-Islam, obtain his PhD thesis—reportedly plagiarised—while at the London School of Economics.
The papers relating to Britain and MI6’s collaboration with Gaddafi were so voluminous that they far exceed those relating to the CIA. None of this stopped Blair, and his successors Gordon…