View Full Version : Two Said to Tell of Libyan Plot Against Saudi

Jun 9, 2004, 09:12 PM
link (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/10/international/africa/10LIBY.html?hp)

WSHINGTON, June 9 While the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, was renouncing terrorism and negotiating the lifting of sanctions last year, his intelligence chiefs ordered a covert operation to assassinate the ruler of Saudi Arabia and destabilize the oil-rich kingdom, according to testimony of two participants in the conspiracy.

Those participants, Abdurahman Alamoudi, an American Muslim leader now in jail in Alexandria, Va., and Colonel Mohamed Ismael, a Libyan intelligence officer in Saudi custody, have given separate statements to American and Saudi officials outlining the plot. One of them, Mr. Alamoudi, has stated to FBI officials and federal prosecutors that Colonel Qadaffi approved the assassination plan.

A Libyan terrorist plot, if verified by American, British and Saudi governments who are working in close coordination to investigate it, would undermine Colonel Qadaffi's public pledges that his government has abandoned terrorism. It could also trigger a reinstatement of international sanctions on Libya that were lifted by the United Nations Security Council last September after Colonel Qadaffi's government renounced terrorism, admitted responsibility for the 1988 Pan Am 103 bombing, and agreed to pay $10 million compensation to the families.

A senior Bush administration official said that the emergence of convincing evidence that Colonel Qadaffi ordered or condoned an assassination and terror campaign could cause a full ''180 degree'' reversal of American policy towards Libya. President Bush has conveyed to the Saudi royal family that he is going to find out what happened in the alleged conspiracy, according to a diplomat. Mr. Alamoudi has told prosecutors that he twice met with Colonel Qadaffi, in June and August of 2003, to discuss details of the assassination plan, according to people with official access to his statements.

Jun 10, 2004, 09:19 AM
Libya Supplies US With Oil Again

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)
June 6, 2004

Libya has cemented its return to the international mainstream by resuming its former role as a supplier of oil to the US.

US Assistant Secretary for Commerce William Lash, speaking during a trade visit to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, said oil shipments had begun.

He added that Libya was in talks over the purchase of Boeing aircraft.

Libya, accused of sponsoring terrorism, was for 20 years the subject of US and United Nations (UN) trade embargoes.

The Libyan government has been linked with a bomb attack on a Berlin night club frequented by US servicemen in 1986, as well as the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

But the North African nation was dramatically rehabilitated late last year after it publicly ditched its weapons of mass destruction programme, and declared a stockpile of chemical weapons to UN inspectors.

British prime minister Tony Blair set the seal on Libya's re-integration into the mainstream by visiting Tripoli for talks with the country's leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, in March.

The US responded by easing its embargo in April, clearing the way for US oil firms and banks to resume commercial activities in Libya.


Terrorism? Who cares. Oil? Now that's trumps everything.

Jun 10, 2004, 09:42 AM
Fine friend the GOP has come up with in Ghadaffi eh? I wonder if he'll be as 'helpful' as Chalabi has been. :eek:

Jun 10, 2004, 06:23 PM
Lots of egg on Bliar's face, I see...