An Arab Spring in Britain?

Recent statements from Britain’s MI6, have cast a worrying shadow over David Cameron and William Hague’s legacy on Libya, as the government have been told, Libya is fast becoming the “Tesco” of the world’s illegal arms trade. 

According to the Sunday Times

“DAVID CAMERON has been warned that up to 3,000 surface-to-air missiles have gone missing in Libya and could fall into the hands of al-Qaeda-linked groups.” 

“It is understood MI6 estimates there are a million tons of weaponry in Libya — more than the entire arsenal of the British Army — and much of it is unsecured.” 

Just two days after British intelligence warned the elected parliament, it emerged that Libya has become a major supplier of weapons, to the conflict which is engulfing Syria. 

According to Reuters

“Abdul Basit Haroun says he is behind some of the biggest shipments of weapons from Libya to Syria, which he delivers on chartered flights to neighbouring countries and then smuggles over the border.” 

“After fleeing Libya in his 20s, Haroun established himself as a property developer in Manchester. After about two decades in the British city, he returned to Libya in 2011 to fight in the revolution, where he became a prominent rebel commander.” 

“His son, a young man who spoke English with a Manchester accent, offered help with weapon prices and other details.” 

“The first consignment of weapons was smuggled into Syria aboard a Libyan ship delivering aid last year, Haroun says, but now containers of arms are flown "above board" into neighbouring countries on chartered flights.” 

“Haroun says he can collect weapons from around the country and arrange for them to be delivered to the Syrian rebels because of his contacts in Libya and abroad.” 

“Senior officials in Libya's army and government told Reuters they backed supplying weapons to the Syrian opposition, while a member of Libya's congress said Haroun was doing a great job of helping the Syrian rebels.” 

Concerns by MI6 have justification, considering the active involvement of Al-Qaeda in the Syrian uprising and the dubious backgrounds of some of the British people who are fighting alongside them. 

Ibrahim al Mazwagi from London, was killed in February this year and was recorded on video as saying; 

“I’ve always known about jihad, seen the Mujahideen on TV and everything. We can’t accept enemies of Allah... killing us, abusing our religion, belittling it, taking our lands. So the Mujahideen, those who practice jihad, are those who defend the Muslims.” 

Another British person killed in Syria includes Ali Almanasfi, who died along a US female convert and had hoped to atone for a “wrong” by fighting with rebels. 

According to the Guardian

“As a teenager, Almanasfi drifted into trouble. He got involved in street fights with other Acton gangs and petty crime: drugs, stealing, booze. In 2008 his father sent him to Syria to cool down.” 

“Apparently this didn't work. A year later he did something he would bitterly regret: drunk, he attacked an older British man. The details are hazy. But he was caught, sentenced to four or five years in jail, and initially imprisoned in Feltham young offender’s institute.” 

It is a well known fact, that after the collapse of the USSR, the UK saw an increase in gun crime, as weapons from Eastern Europe made their appearance on the streets of the United Kingdom and as alarm grows, at the numbers of Jihadists fighting in Syria, one can only wonder, what exactly will be coming home?

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