Spain: Six Islamic countries are funding Islamism, National Center of Intelligence alerts

The document, sent by the head of the National Intelligence Center (CNI) to the foreign, interior and defense ministers on May 16, sounds the alarm on the financial aid provided by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Libya and, above all, Morocco to the 1.2 million Muslims living in Spain.

“The consequences of this financing result in negative attitudes for peaceful coexistence, such as the creation of ghettos and parallel societies, Islamic courts and police systems outside the law, girls being taken out of school, forced marriages and so on,” reads the CNI report, which has been accessed by EL PAÍS. “There is not enough control over the financial flows represented by donations and aid from other countries to Spain’s Islamic community,” the report continues. “It becomes necessary for the donor countries to be fully aware of the risks entailed by financing individual requests.”

The Spanish government wants oil monarchies such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia to only fund projects that have been first submitted to the Islamic Commission of Spain (CIE), the official mediator, for approval. In the mid-term, however, Spain wants to end foreign intromission.

“The right to and the management of Spaniards’ religious freedom, no matter what their faith, cannot be dependent on any foreign country,” read a joint report by the justice and interior ministries in 2009.

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“The consequences of this funding consists mainly in negative attitudes for coexistence, such as the emergence of parallel societies and ghettos, Islamic courts and police outside the current legislation, lack of schooling of girls, forced marriages, etc.,” the CNI’s report said.

From the Gult, a flood of pamphlets arrive that irritate the Spanish authorities. “Today’s Europe is still considering that the white race is superior,” notes a paper published in Castilian by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Qatar under the title “Muhammad. The Ideal Prophet”. “Europe, with all its pretensions to enlighten and lead (…) is still behind Islam,” it continues (…). Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has also shown, when he still had the means, predilection for the Spanish converts grouped in the Islamic Council of Spain (ICS). He established a “personal relationship”, according to the CNI, with ICS’ president, a psychiatrist based in Cordoba Francisco Jose Escudero, who adopted the Arabic name of Mansour, who died last October, .

The Secret Service also notes in its report some specific financial operations, such as the 300,000€ paid by Qatar to remodel the Catalan Islamic Cultural Center, but it does not provide overall figures. “For the most part, they are using alternative channels to bring these donations beyond the control of the regular Spanish financial system,” he says.

Needless to say, the more generous of all is Saudi Arabia, by direct donations to the royal family, others made by its Embassy in Madrid and a host of charities more or less official. The string of mosques and centers which receive its aid recipients “are not characterized by its high level of radicalism,” according to the CNI, although their “submission” to the Saudis is complete.

via El CNI alerta de que seis países musulmanes financian al islamismo – Nuevo Digital Internacional.

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Libya: Islamists blamed for killing General Abdel Fattah Younes as Libya’s rebels face up to enemy within

The leader de facto of Libya, Muammar al-Gaddafi.

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Their admission that the shadowy Abu Obeida al-Jarrah Brigade was behind the assassination of Gen Abdel Fattah Younes has raised concern that religious elements within the rebellion have now acquired considerably greater influence than previously thought.

Thursday’s killing of Gen Younes, who earlier this year defected from the Tripoli government to join the opposition fight against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi‘s regime, came as a damaging blow to the rebels’ military efforts. He was widely seen as one of the few military figures on the rebel side capable of organising their forces against the better trained Libyan government army.

Abdel Fattah Younes (Telegraph)

Abdel Fattah Younes (Telegraph)

But the admission that the militia whose members are responsible for his death has Islamist leanings, and had been allowed to operate in the east of the country with apparent impunity, will reignite fears that the West\’s support of the Libyan rebels may ultimately open the way to an Islamic state when Col Gaddafi is eventually forced out.

By a coincidence that is embarrassing for the Foreign Office, the assassination came just one day after Britain swallowed its reservations and followed France and the US in formally recognising the rebels\’ Transitional National Council, based in Benghazi, as the legitimate government of Libya.

via Islamists blamed for killing General Abdel Fattah Younes as Libya\’s rebels face up to enemy within – Telegraph.

Turkey’s U-turn over Libya: a new Ottomanism?

Ankara’s weeks-long attempts to convince Gadhafi to accept a political solution did not bear any fruit. The dialogue with Tripoli was broken off once Turkey rallied behind the NATO-led military operation, while the hesitant approach toward Benghazi created huge frustration among the Libyan rebels.

In a U-turn triggered by concerns that it would be excluded from shaping a post-Gadhafi Libya, Turkey recognized Benghazi and said it would give $300 million in support for the National Transitional Council.

Turkish officials say the closer engagement with Benghazi aims at reaching peace and stability in Libya and that economic interest are only a secondary issue. Senior diplomat Selim Yenel dismisses claims that Turkey and some Western powers are competing on the future of the country and its economic resources.

“Turkey is pursuing a more active foreign policy. But it would be wrong to describe it as neo-Ottomanism. We never have had such a dream,” Ambassador Yenel told Deutsche Welle. “We are not in competition with anybody. We really want to see stability in Libya. What is important is the end of military conflict, Libya gaining stability and prosperity.”

via Turkey’s U-turn over Libya | World | Deutsche Welle | 14.07.2011.

Libya: EU recognizes rebel council, offers its support

A delegation of Libyan rebels, led by the leader of the National Transitional Council (NTC), has met with NATO and EU officials to discuss the ongoing situation in Libya.

For a long time, European governments treated the NTC with caution, as they did not know what it was or what its members wanted.

However, the NTC has now been recognized by several countries as the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people, and in recognition of this, its leader Mahmoud Jibril was received in Brussels on Wednesday.

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Jibril held talks with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at NATO headquarters, and Rasmussen expressed the importantance of the visit.

“They [the NTC] have a great responsibility for the smooth transition to a democratic and inclusive future in Libya,” said Rasmussen.

via EU recognizes Libyan rebel council, offers its support | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 14.07.2011.

Libya: ‘Only’ 15 Percent of Rebels Are Islamic Extremists

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Expert John Rosenthal writes:

In an interview published today in the French daily Le Figaro, a spokesman for Libya’s National Transitional Council acknowledged that Islamic extremists figure among the rebels fighting to overthrow the rule of Muammar al-Gaddafi. But the spokesman, Mahmoud Shamman, insisted that the “radical elements” represent only a “tiny portion” of the rebels: namely, “no more than 15 percent.” Shammam also acknowledged that members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group form part of the opposition.

via ‘Only’ 15 Percent of Libyan Rebels Are Islamic Extremists – By John Rosenthal – The Corner – National Review Online.

I had already written something about this here and here.

Libya: Rebels come from pro-Jihadist Areas

More information about this very important development, about which I posted earlier here.

In 2007 the U.S. Department of Defense snatched more than 600 records of al Qaeda’s foreign fighters in Iraq and discovered nearly a fifth of the foreigners were from Libya, according to a report by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center released later that year. Within those records, the total put Libya second only to Saudi Arabia in total fighters and “far and away” the largest provider of foreign fighters per capita to the terrorist organization.

Almost all of the Libyan fighters hailed from the east — cities like Benghazi, effectively the current opposition headquarters; Ajdabiya, which was the site of intense fighting overnight; and Derna, a city currently held by the rebels.

As if this wasn’t enough, some intelligence suggest that Al-Qaida is using the Libyan conflict to arm itself with the weapons sent to the “rebels” (links in English inside) and one Lybian “rebel” commander has said that “first, we are going to cut Gadaffi’s throat and then to establish an Islamic state” (found here).

Isn’t it wonderful? 😯

Libya: Two South Koreans, accused of Christian proselitism, released

Religión en Libertad (Translation T&P):

Libya released on Saturday two South Koreans who were arrested this summer for violating the religious law of the African country, South Korean FM said today.

The release comes two days after Lee Sang Deuk, Grand National Party MP and brother of South Korean President Lee Myung Bak, met with the head of state of Libya, Muammar Al Gaddafi.

The prisoners were handed over to their families in the presence of South Korean ambassador in Libya, explained the minister, as recorded by The Korean Times newspaper.

Koo and Jeon, as identified by their relatives, were arrested in June and July, respectively, accused of having carried out religious activities in the country. In August, both were taken to prison after being interrogated by the authorities.