For første gang har en gruppe brutt med Al Qaida. Det er den libyske grupperingen, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, LIFGH, som kunngjør at den ikke lenger vil være tilknyttet Al Qaida.
A statement from the LIFG leadership criticised «indiscriminate bombings» and the «targeting of civilians», saying that violence «did not achieve the aims of the group in removing oppression».
Det var Abu Laith al-Libi som i 2007 varslet at LIFGH sluttet seg til Al Qaida, men nå heter det at denne beslutningen var gal.
The decision to join bin Laden’s network had been invalid, said the statement, and the LIFG «had no link to the al-Qaeda organisation in the past and has none now and we demand that those parties remove the name of the Fighting Group from those lists».
Al-Qaeda’s core leaders have attached great importance to allying with existing groups of violent extremists, especially in North Africa. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, which has waged a brutal campaign in Algeria since the 1990s, announced in 2006 that it had joined bin Laden and renamed itself «al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb».
For the first time, al-Qaeda has now lost an affiliate. The LIFG’s leaders were forced out of Libya in the 1990s and escaped to Afghanistan. They were compelled to scatter after the Taliban regime’s downfall in 2001. The LIFG has been holding peace talks with Col Gaddafi’s regime since 2006.