Al-Harati in Manchester

Miles Amoore is a Sunday Times correspondent who was embedded with Al-Hariti’s Tripoli Brigade as they made their push for Tripoli.

He had further information on Al-Hariti’s past which Al-Hariti’s wife somehow forgot to mention in her interviews with the Irish press.

Mehdi himself left Tripoli for Ireland 18 years ago after Gadaffi’s agents arrested him because members of his family had been preaching antiregime rhetoric.

He immersed himself in charity work, moved briefly to Manchester to run a greengrocer’s but returned to Ireland. As a devout Muslim and charity activist he felt drawn to the Middle East.


The Manchester connection is an interesting coincidence.  Manchester is a hub of anti-Gadaffi sentiment in the UK while at the same time being a centre of the Al-Qaeda affiliated LIFG,

The Libyan-born Imam of the Dudsbury Mosque in Manchester Mustafa Graf left Britain during the revolution ostensibly to assist his elderly relatives.  However, film footage shows the “Anti-Khadafi fighter from Britain” commanding a band of terrorists/rebels.

Mustafa Graf was later caught and imprisoned by Gadaffi’s forces.  Many more militants such as  Azeldin al Sharif , Hisham al Hady, also travelled from Manchester.  Another Mancunian of note is Salah Mohammed Ali Aboaoba. Aboaoba was captured in Libya and told western journalsts of his membership of terrorist group LIFG and claimed he raised funds for it’s Jihad at the same aforemtioned Didsbury Mosque in Manchester.

Salah Aboaoba told him he was speaking of his own free will and said he had joined the banned Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) in Yemen 14 years ago. The LIFG has been banned in Britain since 2005 as a terrorist organisation.

“From Yemen I went to Britain. I stayed there in Britain until 2010,” he said. “I do indeed have British nationality. I am British. I was not involved in any terrorist activities in Britain, apart from my funding of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.”

Mr Aboaoba said he’d been granted asylum in Britain and settled in Manchester with his family, where he raised funds for the jihadist group at Manchester’s Didsbury mosque.


In 2009 yet another Manchester-Libyan man was implicated in the funding of LIFG’s jihad.

A MANCHESTER man is among five people who have had their assets frozen over suspected links to an al Qaida terror group. Taher Nasuf, from Fallowfield, and the Sanabel Islamic Relief charity he works for have been named as supporters of a Libyan group connected with international terrorism. The U.S. government last night announced they were seeking a worldwide clampdown on individuals and companies allegedly financing the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), an organisation seeking to overthrow the Libyan leader and said to have links with Islamic terror groups including al Qaida.Read more at:

Nasuf had his assets frozen worldwide for connection to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
Five men based in the UK have had their assets frozen worldwide for suspected links with al-Qaida. The United Nations security council ordered the action against the five – all Libyan-born – three related property companies and a Birmingham-based charity, the Sanabel Relief Agency.

The Bank of England, acting on behalf of the Treasury, issued a statement saying the move was in line with its financial sanctions against al-Qaida and the Taliban. It asked British financial institutions to check whether they had any accounts or assets belonging to the individuals or companies and freeze them, reporting details to the bank.

Three of the men, named as Ghuma Abd’rabbah, 48, Abdulbaqi Mohammed Khaled, 48, and 46-year-old Abd Al-Rahman Al Faqih, are based in Birmingham. The other two are Tahir Nasuf, 44, of Manchester, and Mohammed Benhammedi, 39, from the Midlands. All are listed as having been born in Libya. Adb’rabbah, Benhammedi and Khaled are said to be British citizens.

The organisation the men are alleged to be linked to is the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). The US treasury, which has also ordered the freezing of any American-held assets, has described it as “an al-Qaida affliation known for engaging in terrorist activity in Libya and cooperating with al-Qaida worldwide”.


Secret intelligence documents found in Libya during the uprising further strengthen the Manchester-Didsbury-LIFG-Al Qaeda connection.  They reveal that MI5 was working together with Libyan intelligence in Manchester in an operation targetting LIFG jihadis living in Manchester.
The Mail on Sunday is aware of the identity of this person, who was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) based in Didsbury, in Manchester, and an habitué of the Didsbury mosque, one of the main centres of anti-Gaddafi activity in Britain.

The strongest Manchester-Al Qaeda connection is that of Anas Al-Liby.  Al Liby was a top Libyan Al-Qaeda commander and also LIFG member who lived in Manchester from 1995-2000.

Incidentally, Author Mark Curtis in Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam claims a Dublin-LIFG connection.

Other members of the LIFG included Abu Hafs al-Libi, who reputedly lived in Dublin from 1996 until going to Iraq in 2004, where he served as one of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s lieutenants in the al-Qaida group there until his death the same year.
If true, surely Al-Harati and al-Libi (both being Libyan-born, anti-Gadaffi fundamentalist Muslims in Dublin – which has only a small, tight-knit Muslim community) should have crossed paths on numerous occasions?

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