From His Home in Istanbul, LIFG’s Sami Al-Saadi Praises Taliban Takeover of Kabul – Al Marsad

Sami Al-Saadi of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) blessed and praised the entry of Taliban terrorist forces into Kabul, considering it a victory for them from God.

(LIBYA, 15 August 2021) – Sami al-Saadi, who lived for a while in Afghanistan and married an Algerian woman whilst there, and who is considered among the so-called “Afghan Arabs”, wrote on his Facebook: “The heroes entered their capital and provided realistic evidence that the nation does not die.”

He also added that the ruling of the “rule of the victor” may apply, hence considering societal opposition as “kharijtes” which would render their killing permissible, but that he was not sure if the Taliban would apply it.

Sami al-Saadi is considered the second official in the Dar al-Ifta, which is known for its religious extremist fatwas and a hard-line ideology similar to the Taliban and other Islamist offshots. It was in fact dissolved by a decision of the House of Representatives (HoR), and yet it still operates illegally in Tripoli. The Prime Minister of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid al-Dbaiba even included it in the 2021 budget allocating nearly 10 million LYD.

The Taliban is considered one of the most prominent movements close to al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, or Islamists call  “the country of Khorasan”. It also includes hundreds of elements that it says have “repented” and left ISIS.

Al-Saadi has been residing in Turkey since 2016 after he, Khaled al-Sharif, and Khaled Dorman were expelled from Tripoli by the Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade and its allies.