NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen with British British foreign secretary William Hague and PM David Cameron at the Libya Conference in London, 2011. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau /WPA Pool/ Getty)

Manchester arena inquiry lets David Cameron off the hook

The final inquiry report, published on Thursday, has found that the Security Service, MI5, missed opportunities to stop suicide bomber Salman Abedi.  The head of MI5 has rightly apologised for his agency’s failings – a highly significant admission which might offer some solace to the bereaved families of the 22 victims. But there is a […]

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‘Blood on their hands’

The father of the youngest person to be killed in the Manchester Arena attack believes the government and MI5 “have blood on their hands” for failing to prevent the suicide bombing. Salman Abedi, a British man of Libyan heritage, murdered 22 people at a pop concert in May 2017. The Islamic State terrorist group claimed […]

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Manchester bombing: A blood price for British foreign policy?

Before the invasion of Iraq in 2003 a number of people – including then MI5 chief Eliza Manningham-Buller – warned it would make the streets of Britain more dangerous. These warnings were ignored by Tony Blair. Even when MI5’s prophecy was proven tragically accurate with the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005, Blair (who did […]

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How UK security services obstructed the Manchester bombing inquiry

Part 4 of Declassified UK’s investigation into the Manchester Bombing The Manchester Arena inquiry, which was meant to investigate the radicalisation of the bomber Salman Abedi, is unlikely to get to the truth about his connections to the UK military and security services. The inquiry began taking evidence in September 2020 and closed its hearings […]

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Nato knew terrorists would gain from toppling Gaddafi

Part 3 of Declassified UK’s investigation into the Manchester bombing Britain’s military knew that fighters from an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist organisation were benefiting from the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011, but continued to support Nato airstrikes in Libya for another two months. The revelation raises serious questions about British foreign policy and whether the […]

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Counter-terrorism officials allowed Manchester bomber to operate in Libya warzone

Part 2 of Declassified UK’s investigation into the Manchester bombing Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, his father Ramadan and brothers Ismail and Hashem were  allowed to freely operate in the war zone of Libya for years before the 2017 atrocity. Evidence that emerged from the official inquiry into the Manchester Arena attack shows Salman Abedi was […]

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Manchester bomber was a UK ally

Part 1 of Declassified UK’s investigation into the Manchester Bombing The Manchester bomber and his closest family were part of Islamist militia forces covertly supported by the British military and Nato in the Libyan war of 2011. The UK facilitated the flow of arms to Libyan rebel militias at the time, and helped train them, […]

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Salman Abedi holding heavy gun.

Manchester bombing: What are the security agencies hiding?

After thanking those who tried to save eight year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos, the youngest of those murdered at the Manchester Arena in May 2017, her mother told the inquiry into the atrocity: “I also want to say to the professionals and MI5, this inquiry isn’t about protecting your job, your reputation, or your uniform.” Officers from […]

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David Cameron celebrates in Benghazi, Libya, with French president Nicholas Sarkozy in 2011. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau / Getty Images)

Four terrorists who murdered Britons fought in David Cameron’s war in Libya

The public inquiry into the 2017 Manchester terrorist attack shows no sign of investigating the UK’s covert role in the Libya war of 2011 — in which the Manchester bomber had fought. He is one of four terrorists from that conflict who went on to slaughter 63 people, mainly Britons, in separate attacks — and they may even have received military training from UK-allied forces.

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David Cameron walks with Libyan rebels upon his arrival at Benghazi Airport on 15 September 2011 (Photo: Stefan Rousseau / AFP via Getty)

Did the UK’s secret Libya policy contribute to the Manchester terror attack?

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The official inquiry into the 2017 Manchester bombing has yet to probe the links between the terrorist, Salman Abedi, and UK covert action during the 2011 war in Libya – yet there is no point in the inquiry unless it asks difficult questions the British establishment would rather avoid.

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