Libyan army: We have recordings that prove Qatar-Qaeda links

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The Libyan army’s leadership announced in a press conference on Wednesday that it has recordings of conversations that prove substantial cooperation between al-Qaeda members and Qatar.

Libyan Armed Forces spokesman, Colonel Ahmad al-Mesmari, added that the recordings confirm Doha’s support for terrorist organizations through finances and weaponry, in order to carry out terrorist operations against the Libyan army.

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Al-Mesmari said that the recordings revealed that “soldiers fighting battles in Benghazi against the remnants of al-Qaeda were misled by unknown people telling them to stand their ground, resist and ‘we will support you’.”

“To those who are in Derna, we say that these 14 names who are dealing directlly with Qatar will not help you,” he added.

Al-Mesmari also added that the leadership of the Libyan army welcomes the presidential and parliamentary election, and believes they should be held as soon as possible while confirming that they are prepared to secure the electoral process until the ballot boxes are safely delivered.

He stressed that the elections need to be free and fair, and that the Libyan people should have the freedom to choose their preference through the ballot boxes.

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He called on parliament to issue the laws pertaining to the election so that citizens may know the duration and conditions, and to register for the quickly to maintain their right to vote.

Al-Mesmari also spoke about the security situation in Libya, mentioning that the bombing of the oil pipeline near the area of Marada was a terrorist operation. He confirmed that security forces are hunting the perpetrators west of the country, adding that the aim of this bombing was to “destroy the country’s resources and create economic chaos to prolong the Libyan crisis.”

This article is also available in Arabic.

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