Khaled Al-Mishri Shows Solidarity with the UN-Sanctioned Fuel Smuggler Kachlaf – Al Marsad

The UN-sanctioned Mohammed Kachlaf, known as al-Kassab, Commander of the Al-Nasr Martyrs Brigade, which is affiliated with the Petroleum Installations Guard of the Government of National Accord (GNA), made a public appearance with the head of the High Council of State, Khaled al-Sharif.

[Libya, 11 December 2019] –  The appearance of Mohammed Kachlaf this time was not through the front pages of international newspapers, which always report him to the world as “the prince of human trafficking and fuel smuggling in the western region,” nor through the reports of the Panel of Experts of the Security Council’s Sanctions Committee, but through the portal of the advisory High Council of State (HCS) in Tripoli, led by its Chairman, Khaled Al-Mishri.

The HCS Media Bureau announced the arrival of the HCS Chairman, Khaled Al-Mishri, in the western coastal city of Zawiya on an inspection tour of two urban sites hit by a dual explosion yesterday evening. The HCS Media Bureau considered that the two explosions were carried out by terrorists, in the same dangerous way as the explosions carried out by the Islamic State operatives. However, the HCS Media Bureau did not specify the perpetrators behind the bombings, claiming that one of them targeted the house of Mohammed Kachlaf himself. Photos showing the HCS inspecting the aftermath of the scene of explosions, accompanied by Kachlaf and other people, were posted on the Facebook page of the HCS Media Bureau.

Khaled Al-Mishri with the UN-sanctioned fuel smuggler, Mohammed Kachlaf inspecting the impact of the bombing in Mohammed Kachlaf’s house on 10 December 2019

In the caption of the first photo, the HCS Media Bureau stated that Al-Mishri inspected one of the houses damaged by the bombing last night in Zawiya, but it refrained from mentioning that the targeted house is actually owned by the UN-sanctioned Mohammed Kachlaf. Furthermore, the second bombing targeted the camp of GNA Ministry of the Interior’s Captain Mohamed Bahroun, who is also a criminal as his companion, Kachlaf. However, the case of Bahroun is more serious than Kachlaf since he is already on the wanted list by the Attorney General in Tripoli on charges of accusations of entanglement with ISIS operatives.

Tariq al-Hengari with Mohammed Kachlaf and Khaled al-Mishri.

Tariq al-Hengari, the military hand of al-Kassab, appeared with them in the inspection tour photo of al-Mishri. In fact, al-Hengari is currently fighting against the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces in Al-Khaltat axis and Airport Road battles. Al-Hengari exerts control over Al-Thuraya Car Fuel Plant of the Zawiya Refinery which is considered, by Kachlaf and company, as the goose that lays the golden eggs as it were.

Tariq al-Hengari with a Turkish Kerby armored vehicle in Al-Khaltat axis last week

While the Minister of the Interior of the Government of national Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, today welcomed the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions against LNA Major Mahmoud Al-Wirfalli, and threatened another group in Zawiya a few days ago that was targeted by one of the bombings, he cannot hide his disgruntlement with the appearance of Khaled Mishri with al-Kassab at such a critical time when he specifically pledged to the Americans two weeks ago to fight these people and put them behind bars since this prerequisite is required by the Americans to broker for a ceasefire between the GNA and LNA forces.

It seems that he is not yet able, for some reason, to accomplish what is required of him at least outside the boundaries of Tripoli, particularly with the more difficult figures such as Bahroun. On the other hand, al-Mishri, with his tour and his show of solidarity, will definitely not be satisfied with any measure issued by Bashaga against his hometown folks.


The 2019 Security Council Panel of Experts released today to the media refers to al-Kassab

It is also assumed that Khaled Al-Mishri’s Zawiya explosions’ inspection tour, accompanied in the photo with a fuel smuggler, will raise concerns for the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, Siddik Omar Al-Kabir, who will see in these photos a sign of solidarity with those who sell gasoline in the streets of Libyan cities and highways when there is a shortage of fuel in petrol stations, where a litre of benzene is sold at a skyrocketing LYD 1 per litre in the black market, especially when the report of the 2019 Security Council Panel of Experts released today to the media referred to al-Kassab, and pointed to a cooperation between the UN team and the Libyan Attorney General’s Bureau on Mohammed Kachlaf and his companion Al-Bija.

© Al Marsad English (2019)



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