British Prime Minister Theresa May, in collusion with MI6, helped bring about the set of circumstances that led to the Manchester attack that killed 22 people.
New information has come to light that highlights the close ties between British spy agency MI6 and UK-based Libyans – nearly all of whom are from Manchester, England.
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When Theresa May was Home Secretary in 2011, she fast-tracked a program that radicalized Libyans from Manchester in the full knowledge that it would lead to a terrorist attack on home soil within a matter of years.
In the late 1990’s, MI6 sponsored their trips overseas, helping them to become ‘freedom fighters’ against Gaddafi. They became known as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).
Jonathan Cook reports: After 9/11, the LIFG became a proscribed organisation for its extreme jihadist agenda. But it was back in business with MI6 after 2011 and the Arab Spring. The fighters were encouraged to travel abroad again to help remove Gaddafi, as Libya became the target of yet more western-sponsored “humanitarian intervention”. Salman Abedi, the young man responsible for the Manchester attack, and his father are believed to have been among them. Abedi would have been only 16 at the time.
So where is the coverage of any of this in the corporate media? Why are journalists not reporting or pursuing these leads? Can we really trust the British security services to investigate their own behaviour? Does this episode not raise issues of vital national security?
And who gave the approval for such a policy, one that was bound to radicalise at least some of Britain’s Libyan community and provide them with military training and experience they were certain to bring back to the UK?
And here’s the rub. Because when MI6 began funnelling British-Libyan fighters to Libya in 2011, Theresa May was Home Secretary. May must have known of the MI6 policy and doubtless approved it. And now she is in the midst of a general election campaign. If she loses, Jeremy Corbyn is placed to become prime minister in her stead. That is not a prospect any of the corporate media appear willing to accept, even the supposedly left-liberal elements of it, like the Guardian.
And so the story of MI6 and May, their sponsorship of Islamic jihadism, and the likely “blowback” the UK just experienced in Manchester is a sleeping dog no one seems willing to disturb.
Meanwhile, Corbyn is under assault from May and the corporate media for trying to raise the connection between UK foreign policy and the terrorism it has spawned.