Manchester Arena suicide bombing
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- 3 LIFG base in Manchester
- 4 National security concerns over scheduled inquest
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- Found at the Scene in Manchester: Shrapnel, a Backpack and a Battery - C. J. Chivers, The New York Times, May 24, 2017
- A possible switch to initiate the explosion, carried in the bomber’s left hand, was also unusual in a suicide device, in that it appears to have contained a small circuit board soldered inside one end.It is not clear from the law enforcement images if the object was a simple plunger switch, or included a timer or a receiver that could be operated remotely via radio signal – or some combination, or something else. Such redundancy, if the object was the switch, could give the bomber or a cell more than one option for deploying the device, and suggest that the bomb was not as simple in design as many terrorist devices, which often are crude and prone to failure or haphazard effect.
- UK police stop passing Manchester bombing information to US over leaks - The Guardian, May 25, 2017
- Manchester Bombing At Ariana Grande’s Concert ‘Highly Similar’ To Paris Terrorist Attack Sounak Mukhopadhyay Inquisitr June 4, 2017
- 'He was no lone wolf': Hunt for ISIS mastermind continues as security insides insist the Manchester bomb was the SAME design as one used in Paris blasts Mail on Sunday June 4, 2017
- ...there was somebody with significant bomb making experience behind Abedi, as there was behind the three suicide bombers who blew themselves up outside the Stade de France in Paris in November 2015. In security jargon, the fingerprints on the Manchester and Paris devices are the same.’
Witness tells of suspicious women
- Eyewitness Dawn Waddy sat next to suspicious foreign woman before Manchester Arena bombing Sky News clip - Tony Gosling's Youtube Channel
- https://www.youtube.com/user/PublicEnquiry/search?query=manchester+attack Related clips from Tony Gosling's coverage
- Salman Ramadan Abedi named by police as Manchester Arena attacker The Guardian May 23, 2017
- Salman Abedi: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know Heavy.com May 23, 2017
- Times reports Abedi "known to security services as an associate of Raphael Hostey". Rapper Hostey was prolific IS recruiter from Moss Side
- Security services missed five opportunities to stop the Manchester bomber - The Telegraph, May 25, 2017
- Everything we know about Salman Abedi, the Manchester suicide bomber - The Telegraph, May 25, 2017
- Salman Abedi wasn't a lone wolf – he was a known wolf, and the Muslim community tried to warn us about him - Muddassar Ahmed, The Independent, MAy 27, 2017
- Our Prime Minister was Home Secretary and in charge of MI5 when they were tipped off about Abedi – do the victims’ families have a right to an explanation of why the warnings were not heard?
- FBI 'warned MI5 in January that Salman Abedi was planning terror attack in UK' The Independent May 28, 2017
- Manchester Bomber Met With ISIS Unit in Libya, Officials Say Rukmini Callimachi and Eric Schmitt NY Times June 3, 2017
- Salman Abedi participated in bringing down Muammar Gaddafi - Voltaire Network, June 3, 2018
- Ramadan Abedi, a former Libyan intelligence official, had been sent back to Libya by the MI6 to participate in the operation on the side of Al-Qaeda. His son, Salman, then aged 16, fought on Libya’s side.
- REVEALED: UK admits contact with Libyan group linked to Manchester bomber Jamie Merill MEE April 5, 2018
- .. Abedi, 22, the British-born son of exiled Libyan dissident, returned to the north African country in 2011 with his father to fight with factions linked to the former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), alongside other anti-Gaddafi forces
- Salman Abedi is reported to have also had contact with jailed IS recruiter Abdalraouf Abdallah, another British-Libyan from Manchester who suffered paralysing injuries while fighting with the 17 February Martyrs Brigade in Libya.
- A study for the Combating Terrorism Centre at the West Point military institution notes that Abedi built up connections to IS in Sabratha from where the Tunisia attack was staged. Intelligence officials told the New York Times that Abedi met with IS members of the Katibat al-Battar al-Libi faction of IS several times in Sabratha. Mark Curtis: Murder on the beach July 5, 2018
- The making of a monster: How Manchester boy Salman Abedi became a mass murderer Manchester Evening News September 17, 2017
- Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi 'had been rescued from Libya by the Royal Navy' and brought back to UK Manchester Evening News July 31, 2018]
Abdalraouf Abdallah and Mohammed Abdallah connections
- The father of suicide bomber Salman Abedi looked after ISIS recruiter Abdalraouf Abdallah when he was shot in Libya, it has been claimed Julian Robinson, Mail Online 26, May 2017
- Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi visited terror convict in prison twice before killing 22 in blast Joe Thomas, Daily Mirror 26 June 2017, 2018
- Manchester man convicted after travelling to Syria and joining Daesh cps.gov.uk Sentencing remarks for Mohammad Abdalraouf sent £2000 to ISIS cell in Syria via his brother
Ramadan Abedi and Hasmhim Abedi
- Salman Abedi’s Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know Heavy.com May 23, 2017
- Was bomber's family in global terror network? Killer returned to UK from Libya days before attack 'is linked to Man in the Hat Brussels bomber', his father 'was part of Al-Qaeda-linked group' and brother 'knew of atrocity and was planning own massacre' Daily Mail May 24, 2018
- Manchester Bomber, Salman Abedi, Linked to Libyan ISIS – “Libyan Dawn”… Sundance, the conservative treehouse May 24, 2018
- Ramadan Abedi THE MANCHESTER-LIBYA CONNECTION IN FIVE MINUTES - Pepe Escobar, May 27, 2017
- David Shaylor alleges that Ramdan Abedi was "Tunworth" According to former MI5 officer and whistleblower David Shayler, the episode began when a Libyan military intelligence officer approached MI6 with a plan to overthrow Qadafi. The Libyan, codenamed 'Tunworth', proposed establishing links with the LIFG. Shayler asserts that he was told by an MI6 officer, David Watson, that in Christmas 1995 he, Watson, had supplied Tunworth with $40,000 to buy weapons to carry out the assassination plot and that similar sums were handed over at two further meetings. A secret MI6 cable dated December 1995 — leaked in 2000 and published on the internet — revealed MI6's knowledge of an attempt to overthrow Qadafi in a coup led by five Libyan colonels scheduled for February 1996.
LIFG base in Manchester
- The teenage Libyan rebel from Manchester - Jane Deith, Channel 4, June 11, 2011
- There are thousands of Libyans in Manchester who hate the Gaddafi regime. The city is home to Britain’s largest Libyan community. Almost every elder you meet fled Libya in the last 20 years, warned that they would be arrested or killed if they stayed, simply for calling for change.
- Father of Manchester Arena suicide bomber 'was a member of al-Qaeda linked militant group' - Roland Oliphant, - The Telegraph, May 24, 2017
- Rebels living in England claim UK government let them travel to Libya to fight Gaddafi - even though they were subject to counter-terrorism orders - as investigators probe Abedi's visits to Tripoli Gareth Davies Mail Online, 25 May, 2017
- 'Sorted' by MI5: How UK government sent British-Libyans to fight Gaddafi - Middle East Eye, May 25, 2017
- Fighters say government operated 'open door' policy allowing them to join rebels, as authorities investigate background of Manchester bomber
- Rebels 'went to Libya with MI5 blessing' amid Abedi probe - Daily Mail, May 25, 2017
- Those who travelled to Libya to fight alongside Islamic rebel groups have described how, even though they were subject to counter-terror orders banning them from leaving their homes because they posed a security threat, they were allowed to travel to the hostile warzone. When they returned to the UK, having spent months alongside groups thought by British intelligence to have links with Al-Qaeda, rebels were said to have been allowed back into the country without hesitation.
- Libyan officials have backed up the claims, saying the British government were 'fully aware' of young men being sent to fight, turning the North African country into an 'exporter of terror'.
- How the British deep state turned Manchester into al-Qaeda Town UK - Adam Garrie, The Duran, May 25, 2017
- How Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was radicalised by his links to Libya The Guardian May 28, 2017
- UK Mosques Refuse To Provide Funeral Rights For Manchester Bomber Al Arabiya May 31, 2017
- The making of a monster: How Manchester boy Salman Abedi became a mass murderer Manchester Evening News September 17, 2017
Abdel Hakim Belhaj
- Belhaj case: UK ordered to hand over file on Libyan torture Jamie Merrill, Middle East Eye, April 13, 2018
- REVEALED: UK admits contact with Libyan group linked to Manchester bomber Jamie Merrill, Middle East Eye, April 5, 2018
National security concerns over scheduled inquest
- Priti Patel calls for Manchester Arena bombing coroner to keep intelligence material secret from public - as families say they fear a cover-up Daily Mail, September 6, 2019
- The conclusions which they have reached are emphatic that the information simply cannot be disclosed without jeopardising security.
- UK Government Harbored Terrorists Linked to Manchester Blast for Decades - Tony Cartalucci, May 24, 2017
- Our children in Manchester paid the price of business as usual - Nafeez Ahmed, May 24, 2018
- Manchester Attack as MI6 Blowback - Voltaire Network, May 25, 2017
- The west accepted Salafist “refugees” for decades, now it’s paying the price - Andrew Korybko, The Duran, May 25, 2017
- There is no greater structural threat to a secular Muslim-majority country than Salafists, which is why the West welcomed those “fleeing” from the “political and religious repression” in their homelands in order to weaponize them for future Hybrid War use.
- Details Emerge On The Manchester Blowback From Britain's Terror Support - Moon of Alabama, May 25, 2017
- The Manchester Bombing is Blowback from the West’s Disastrous Interventions and Covert Proxy Wars - Max Blumenthal, AlterNet, May 25, 2017
- How the US and UK helped bring jihadists like Salem Abedi to Libya and Syria
- ISIS Terrorist Attack in Manchester? 17 Days Before Crucial UK Elections - Peter Koenig, OffGuardian, May 25, 2017
- Official account of Manchester suicide bombing unravels - WSWS, May 25, 2018
- Charles Shoebridge interviewed by RT
- Manchester’s dead: Victims of British regime-change operations in the Middle East - Robert Stevens, WSWS, May 26, 2017
- Manchester Bomber May Have Been Groomed By UK Intelligence Whitney Webb, Mint Press News, May 27, 2017
- MANCHESTER’S KNOWN WOLF: Watched by MI5 with Ties to NATO-Backed Terror in Libya – What Does It All Mean? Shaun Helton, 21st Century Wire May 28, 2017
- No Laughing Matter: The Manchester Bomber is the Spawn of Hillary and Barack’s Excellent Libyan Adventure - JIM KAVANAGH, Counterpunch, May 29, 2017
- Terror in Britain: What Did the Prime Minister Know? - JOHN PILGER, Counterpunch, May 31, 2017
- Blowback - Manchester and the Libya Connection - MediaLens, June 1, 2018
- The Manchester Bombing: Blowback from British state collusion with jihadists abroad - Mark Curtis and Nafeez Ahmed, Insurge Intelligence, June 3, 2017
- MI5/MI6: TERRORISTS OR PUBLIC SERVANTS? Dai Dream, Justice Watch June 4, 2017
- UK security services knew of Manchester suicide bomber’s ISIS connections Robert Stevens WSWS, June 5, 2017
- The Manchester bomber was only able to massacre people because of the mistakes made by the British government Patrick Cockburn, The Independent May 25, 2018
- Police and MI5 criticised over Manchester and London bombings Ian Cobain MEE November 22, 2018
Official report on 2017 UK terrorist attacks
- MI5 and Police have together thwarted 22 plots in the last four years, 9 of which have been stopped since March 2017. There are currently well over 500 counter terrorism investigations, involving more than 3,000 subjects of interest – along with a growing pool of more than 20,000 individuals who have previously been the subject of terrorism investigations. These investigations cover the full range of terrorist activity, from attack planning to activity that supports or facilitates terrorism – but a significant proportion involve potential attack planning threats. The tempo is more intense than ever.