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The National Front for the Salvation of Libya and its faux-revolutionary poster child

9 August 2011 18,109 views 12 Comments

By the Editor.

Created by the CIA and Mossad in 1981, the NFSL was part of a plan to destabilise Libya using a ‘fifth column’ of fighters and insurgents, and this surreptitious and chequered history stretches to the present day. As the current leader of the NFSL pleads in front of the White House for war on Libya, easily-led liberals and naive Libyan expats are seduced by Orwellian references to ‘freedom’ and ‘revolution’, words used to cloak the true intentions of the NFSL, its affiliated groups, and their imperialist creators.

Walking hand-in-hand with USCENTCOM’s cloak and dagger social media disinformation programme, there exists a whole network of US-funded groups and ‘movements’ that seek to pervert the sovereignty of independent nations, through political action and propaganda.

These groups don’t hide behind assumed identities; these ‘Libyans’ and ‘Syrians’ shout their real identities from the rooftops. A cursory glance at the profiles of these people however, always reveals the same thing: they reside in London or the United States, often never having even set foot in their ancestral homelands. In spite of this, their drama-queen testimonies and YouTube videos profess to offer a unique insight into current events.

Take Khaled M. – this mid-twenties American-born Libyan grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. According to his own potted history posted by him on Twitter, his father, Mohamed Ahmed, helped to found the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (the NFSL), a Libyan opposition group created with the goal of effecting regime change in Libya:

Of course the ‘founders’ of this group are merely figureheads. The NFSL (currently head-quartered in Lexington, Kentucky) was created in Sudan in 1981, by the CIA and the Israeli Mossad. Finances were funnelled in by the CIA and Saudi Arabia (who donated $7 million), as well as Egypt, Morocco, Israel and Iraq. When Khaled M. disingenuously claims that his family was ‘on the run from Gaddafi hitmen‘, moving between Sudan, Iraq, London, the US, and Morocco – in reality his family was moving between the countries that financed the NFSL, as his father received instructions and directives from his imperialist paymasters.

Further affirming the US-Israeli connection, the Paris-based African Confidential newsletter reported on January 5th, 1989, that the US and Israel had set up a series of bases in Chad and Central and West African countries in order to train Libyan rebels who were to form part of the NFSL.

In the summer of 1981 the CIA-Mossad alliance mounted covert military operations to destabilise Libya and ultimately overthrow Muammar Gaddafi. This operation mimicked current events in Libya, almost to the letter:

The details of the plan were sketchy, but it seemed to be a classic C.I.A. destabilization campaign. One element was a “disinformation” program designed to embarrass Kaddafi and his government. Another was the creation of a “counter government” to challenge his claim to national leadership. A third — potentially the most risky — was an escalating paramilitary campaign, probably by disaffected Libyan nationals, to blow up bridges, conduct small-scale guerrilla operations and demonstrate that Kaddafi was opposed by an indigenous political force.

“A Plan to Overthrow Kaddafi,” Newsweek, August 3, 1981, p. 19

On May 8th, 1984, the NFSL in co-ordination with its CIA-Mossad controllers mounted a murderous assault on the Tripoli compound of Bab al-Azizia in an attempt to assassinate Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi escaped unharmed, but over 80 people were killed in the attack. Muammar Gaddafi has been in the crosshairs of the CIA, Mossad, and MI6 for over forty years, with several assassination and destabilisation attempts being mounted.

Moving to the present day, the NFSL has played a central role in the current destabilisation and civil war that has afflicted Libya. As part of the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition (aka. the NCLO –formed in London in 2005), the NFSL helped to organise the initial February 17 ‘Day of Rage’. Riding on the wake of the Arab Spring, the Monarchy flag-flying NCLO took this opportunity to initiate yet another multi-phased attempt at regime change on behalf of its foreign masters.

The groups that fall under this umbrella are very active online, especially on social media websites. The latest poster child, Khaled M. – literally a son of the CIA-Mossad-created NFSL, is no exception to this rule.

CNN, the very outlet that has been responsible for spreading preposterous anti-Libyan propaganda, has published a short profile of Khaled. How many revolutionaries can you name that have been profiled by CNN? Rhetorical question. In his interview he boastfully admits that he “grew up wanting to assassinate Gadhafi”. In his defence, being raised by a CIA-Mossad collaborator probably does that to you.

Here Khaled is in front of the White House expounding a dramatic plea for action on Libya:

He takes the opportunity to repeat some of the crass lies and exaggerations that have defined mainstream reportage on Libya. He instructs activists to go to Feb17.info (and @Feb17Voices on Twitter), where they can see videos of “soldiers’ bodies being burned, that refused to kill their brothers and sisters in Libya“. If you hop along to LibyaFeb17.com (the actual location of the video), you will see a short clip of a number of charred corpses, but absolutely nothing other than this can be verified. Knowing that they’ve simply framed unverifiable footage within their own sick, invented narrative, of course the Feb17 webmaster appends the video with a disclaimer: “This footage shows the burnt bodies of soldiers who apparently refused to shoot at the protesters when they were ordered to.”

In his plea Khaled M. lauds the Feb17 movement as being a source of “confirmed, legitimate news from credible sources”. If you visit @Feb17Voices on Twitter you will notice that the feed is nothing more than a mouthpiece for Al Jazeera Arabic, with select reports being translated into English, prefixed with ‘AJA’. You’ll also see a litany of ‘tweets’ prefixed with ‘LPC’, meaning ‘live phone call’. None of these ‘live phone calls’ mention names or sources, they all have to be taken on faith alone. Apparently this is confirmed, legitimate, credible news.

Ibrahim Sahad – leader of the NFSL, co-founded by Khaled M’s father, can be seen here talking to Lateline from right in front of the White House. As can be expected from a paid asset of US imperialism, he calls for the international community to step in on Libya, while painting the completely false picture of Gaddafi using force against ‘unarmed protesters’, as opposed to heavily armed insurrectionists.

The Feb17 movement and the EnoughGaddafi group operate not out of Libya, but out of British and American cities; the CIA-Mossad-created NFSL is self evidently nothing more than a tool of its foreign masters. One doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry, reading the feel-good revolutionary lyrics coming from an aspiring rapper who is literally a conduit for the most counter-revolutionary force on the planet.

On a not unrelated note, remember the anti-Libyan, fake ‘disappointed Palestinians’ letter posted on the Yansoon blog? Well it’s truly of no surprise that Shirien D, the drudge that runs Yansoon, is now Khaled M’s personal assistant:

Further reading

“…Have you ever heard of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya – NFSL ? Listen up as Khaled lays down the real facts straight from Benghazi…”


  • Heno said:

    You repeatedly claim that their residing outside of Libya indicates their cia/mossad connections.But wouldn’t they be necessarily residing outside the country if they were a group politically active against Gaddafi’s government? That makes them no different than any other nationality. Also,funding by other governments does not make the group illigitimate-no group of this kind is w/o alliances,benefactors with shared political goals. How else does funding happen?Bakesales? I don’t know much about this group,but the way your rhetoric works isn’t adding up,sorry.

  • IqbalTheOrientalist said:

    With your recent articles in support of Qaddafi and Bashar al-Asad, I think the real question that should be posed is “who’s payroll is martin iqbal on?”

    Please spare us your outdated ideology about how we’re supposed to support authoritarian regimes just because they’re “anti-West”.

    You sir, whether you realize it or not, are an Orientalist, and fall into the same category of neo-imperialists who believe that Arabs are too poor and backwards to determine their own fate and future.

    Take your beloved dictators and buy a condo in Saudi Arabia. Ben-Ali and Ali Abdullah Saleh are waiting for you guys.

  • JediMind said:

    More evidence of the utter hypocrisy and double standards of so called “progressives”.

    Although I do share your concerns about CIA and Mossad backing of organizations, let’s not also forget that Israel was the main backer of Hamas in the 80s, and we all know how that turned out. I am also very weary of the NATO intervention, as I do not believe it to possess the interests and goals of Libyans.

    With that said, your continued support for Middle East dictatorships and ad-hominem attacks against anyone who speaks out against them is a good indication that you are not interested in the concerns and issues that plague the citizens of the respective Arab nations.

    In that respect, you have much more in common with imperialists who view ideology through a selfish and narrow prism. Martin, you have been exposed for a fraud.

  • nit2am said:

    Heno, the NFSL was created by the CIA and Mossad. This is a fact that you have not even attempted to refute. Instead you accuse me of claiming that ‘living outside of Libya’ demonstrates CIA connections. Read the article properly.

    “No group of this kind is without alliances, benefactors with shared political goals”

    What sort of ‘shared political goals’ would the CIA and Mossad have with a Libyan opposition group? Your comment is so asinine I feel daft for dignifying it with a response.

    IqbalTheOrientalist, should I take it as a vindication that your only criticism is ad hominem?

    It is the ‘interventionists’ that believe ‘Arabs cannot determine their own future’. This is quite a basic and overtly obvious fact, apparently lost on you.

    Address any of the substance of the article and I would be happy to engage in discussion.

    Should I be surprised that “IqbalTheOrientalist” and “JediMind” are posting from the same IP address?

  • KKS said:

    While I do respect your attempt at objectivity, you cannot deny that your article is laced with ad hominem disrespect. Your article is more about bashing Khaled M. than about the CIA-Mossad ties. Instead of critiquing the NFSL’s history, you strategically attack Khaled M. without offering any substantive evidence that he has any direct or immediate relations to the Mossad or CIA. Just because his father helped co-found an organization that has a shady background doesn’t mean that Khaled’s career or work as a socially conscience individual is any less commendable. His message is quite clear: he supports the Libyan people.

    I feel that you will respond with something along the lines of:
    Khaled is only a pawn (albeit at the frontlines) in the greater plan of the NFSL to overthrow the Libyan regime for the sake of establishing a West-backed government catering to Israel’s and America’s needs.

    If indeed this is why you’ve taken such an overtly hostile stance against Khaled, know the following:
    a. there is record of Gaddafi’s crimes, his corruption, his thuggery, his lawlessness, etc.
    b. Libyans all around the world condemn Gaddafi’s regime — and they do it for a reason. Just because people are against a non-West-backed dictator doesn’t mean these people are in support of a government ultimately controlled by America and Israel, which is what you suggest and what makes this article disappointing and offensive.
    c. you don’t have to be living within Libya to actively work against Gaddafi’s regime. If I was to view Khaled’s work as worthless because you assert that he has yet to even visit his homeland, then you might as well say that the millions of Palestinian activists living abroad who are either unable to enter Palestine because of Israeli policy or because they just can’t afford plane tickets are worthless and have no role in the greater Palestinian struggle for self-determination.

    To call him a faux-revolutionary is ad hominem in and of itself because your claim is baseless. In the article, you present absolutely no evidence of any criminal, shady, corrupt, misguided, or deceptive activity committed by Khaled. You criticize his father (without offering much context to his actions or his background beyond what you read from Khaled’s tweets) for being linked to an organization that has problematic ties, and instead of focusing on this, you use this as an excuse to discredit a Libyan-American who openly wants the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime for the sake of preserving innocent lives.

    You also mention a video that cannot be verified and you use this to discredit a wide girth (if not all) of social-media activism engaged against Gaddafi’s regime. Fair enough; there is nothing wrong with expecting complete objectivity and honesty for the sake of honest reportage. However, you appear to even go so far as to use this video as reason to suggest that Gaddafi’s thugs may not actually be doing what the world says they are doing (re: targeting unarmed civilians). While some things have been sensationalized, as things oftentimes do in every part of the world under public focus, you can search for yourself how many credible and verifiable news agencies have released evidence or documentation that Gaddafi is indeed targeting unarmed civilians, not just rebels. He is on record for making some very dangerous threats. If you have an issue with the unverifiability of the news, that’s fine, but that isn’t the purpose of the article because you manage to resort to criticizing Khaled M as if social media activism in support of the Libyan uprising is directed by him.

    And this must not be forgotten. Regarding the blatant ad hominem attacks made regularly throughout this entire piece, you ended by calling Shirien D. a “drudge”. You call this an unrelated note, but Shirien being Khaled’s assistant doesn’t add evidence to your point. This could have been a footnote if it was at all necessary to mention. And even so, you call her “anti-Libyan” and a “drudge”. This is disrespect no matter which way you look at it.

  • KKS said:

    Furthermore, your blogroll and endorsed pages include Mondoweiss, the Angry Arab News Service, Ali Abunimah’s blog (now moved to EI by the way), and EI.

    These are all resources that I highly respect. At the same time, most if not all of these resources (including others that I didn’t list) take an open stance against Gaddafi. Worth mentioning is the fact that of these resources, many do not support NATO intervention (but keep in mind that others do). Just because they, and others in gereral, don’t support NATO doesn’t mean that they’ve abandoned hope for true change in Libya. It also doesn’t mean that they no longer take a stand against Gaddafi’s regime.

    That said, I am going to make an educated assumption and claim that the reason you link to them is because you find yourself in alignment with the views and stances of these particular resources. With this in mind, I expect you to be just as anti-Gaddafi as they are. While NATO intervention may play a significant role in your preferred method of removing Gaddafi from power, the end goal is to see Gadaffi’s regime overturned. It’s really that simple, and, again, this is what I expect to see from someone who actively advertises resources that also condemn Gaddafi.

    However, you take an anti-anti-Gaddafi stance in this article. As I mentioned in the previous comment, you frame this article as if it’s supposed to be a criticism of the NFSL’s background but instead you go after activists and social networking campaigns that are actively engaged in revealing Gaddafi’s crimes. Readers will be compelled to question whether you really do maintain that anti-Gaddafi stance that would be expected. You can be anti-intervention, but to not be anti-Gaddafi is definitely a problem.

    It also seems, as a previous comment also stated, that you are actively taking a more pro-Gaddafi and pro-Bashar outlook. This is extremely troubling.

    Note: I have taken a screenshot of this article as well as a copy-paste draft just as a reference in the event that you eliminate certain offensive terms/labels or refine your article so as to obscure our immediate critiques.

    In any response that you put up, I expect the same respect I and others have shown you.

  • nit2am said:


    Nowhere do I claim that Khaled M. has links with the CIA or Mossad. This is what he himself posted on Twitter in an attempt to mislead his followers into believing that that was the substance of the article, and that I was accusing him of being a ‘CIA agent’.

    This is patently ridiculous. He said this in an attempt to dissuade people from reading the article.

    Rather, the article is about the very real and undeniable fact that the NFSL, co-founded by his father, is a Mossad-CIA front.

    The fatal mistake you make is swallowing and regurgitating the false narrative of events in Libya. The corporate media (as with EVERY SINGLE WAR ON RECORD) has painted an utterly false picture of what is going on. An armed insurrection is represented as a peaceful uprising. An armed insurrection that is supported and armed by the world’s imperialist powers. This is not denied by even the most virulent propagandists. Even the French have openly admitted to arming the ‘rebels’, and Qatari weapons and tanks are in the country as we speak, along with Qatari troops, supplementing the UK & US troops already on the ground since March.

    It takes research to find these things out – you will not learn this from the corporate media, Al Jazeera, or the Feb17 Movement. These groups aim to effect their own objectives by manipulating public opinion into supporting the war. If you cannot do basic research, it really isn’t my job to educate you.

    And no, I do not respect somebody who, willingly or otherwise, acts as a mouthpiece for the very groups that seek to balkanise and destroy Libya.

    See Khaled M’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuOqikbdYIU

    You will notice that the entire video exists of images of protesters, interspliced with bleeding victims and corpses. Only fleetingly will you see armed fighters. This is the exact sort of pure propaganda that reinforces the utterly false ‘protesters being slaughtered’ narrative, playing right into the hands of those who wish to morally justify the illegal war on Libya.

    Oh, and comparing Occupied Palestine to Libya under Gaddafi is at once tasteless, offensive, and ridiculous beyond words.

  • Hajja Romi Elnagar said:

    Mr. Iqbal,

    I am really interested in your statement about Mossad involvement in Libya going back to 1981. I have no doubt that this is possible! I am inclined to think that ANYWHERE there has a problem in the Middle East (or in the US, as on 911), the Mossad had a hand in it.

    However, I am researching the Libya situation, and I would very much appreciate knowing more about this: specifics, in other words. Can you cite more sources?
    I would greatly appreciate it!

    Peace and best wishes,
    Hajja Romi

  • OooKhalid said:

    Gaddafi was placed in power by the same Imperialist powers, which today are bombing Libya. Thank you Europe and America! We can count on you to kill off a few million ppl when you get horny.

  • OooKhalid said:

    Khaled M and Lowkey are the best rappers spitting on the mic today!!

  • BP said:

    i hope some of us will give that dog a…wipe what he deserves.

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