France24: Brigade leader Ajmi el Atri of Zindan says about Saif al-Islam Gaddafi whom he captured 6 years ago and later became an ally to: “According to Libyan law, Saif a-Islam is free, he is somewhere on Libyan territory. I think that two thirds of the Libyan people favour the former regime, the other third is nostalgic for the way we lived before. Saif al-Islam can have a leading role in reuniting the Libyan people, he alone is capable of reuniting the supporters of the former regime and those who were supporters of the revolution. Saif al-Islam can unite the Libyan people.”
Watch this France24 documentary on Libya six years on, how Western Libya is fighting the Islamists who took power in Tripoli after the NATO backed military coup in Libya 2011. The documentary came out in early March 2017, please read my Foreign Policy Journal article February 17th ” Could Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Solve the Libya Crisis?” which speaks about the same issues as this France24 documentary – the fact that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, now released from prison, has the support of the people to reenter politics and unite the Libyan people under the Green Resistance Movement, which opposes the Al Qaida affiliated groups supported by the West. (Photo of Ajmi el Atri, the brigade leader who captured Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, now his ally. France24)
The France24 documentary describes how the Zindan area, in close proximity to Tripoli, has been the place where Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been held captive for 6 years, now freed. France24 speaks to the commanders who imprisoned him and they explain how they now are protecting him in the hope that Gaddafi might unite the Libyan tribes under his leadership and forge peace in the war torn country. Ajmi el Atri, brigade leader Abu Baqr al Saddiq explains how he captured Saif al-Islam Gaddafi years ago and later allied himself to the Gaddafi heir: “If there is a new war tomorrow, as the legitimate army under the authority of the government, we will fight against the Islamists armed groups operating outside the law and helped by The Muslim Brotherhood.”
Youth spokesperson in Zindan, Ibrahim al Madani says:”Do you want the truth? Life under the former regime was better than it is today. When we were fighting the revolution in 2011 we wanted to change things, to make things better for our country…My father said that we were protesting Gaddafi not because we hated him, but because we were fighting the corruption of his regime. Now the revolution must continue because the corruption that we see today is worse than what we experienced under the former regime. ”
Most of the revolutionary Zindan military leaders have come together under the authority of Marshall Khalifa Haftor to fight against the Islamist groups. Haftors Libyan National Army brings together revolutionaries with former officers from the former Gaddafi regime. Egypt and the Arab Emirates support behind anti-Islamist forces in Libya. That responsability is Marshall Haftor and his Libyan National Army. Yet, the UN arms sanction is still in effect in Libya.
These leaders say that the Western descision to enter into the Libyan conflict in 2011 was a major mistake. The revolution was a trap sold us by foreigners. Soldiers still wear the Gaddafi insignia with a green shield with a golden eagle. They still greet each other with the Gaddafi hand salute. The revolution never really took root here.
Yet alliances are now being built in preparation for a new conflict, in which the conflict of Zindan may again play a major role.