They met bin Laden in a training camp, Sami Al Saadi, an LIFG
co-founder, told me at the time.
The Abedi parents are believed to have returned to Libya in 2008, with Ramadan renouncing his membership of LIFG
claimed that he joined LIFG
moving to Manchester afamily with wife Samia.
The area of Manchester in which Salman Abedi grew up was home to a number of other LIFG
members, including former senior commanders including Abd al-Baset Azzouz, who left Manchester to go to Libya and run a 200-300-strong militant network for Osama Bin Laden's successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
He joined the LIFG
in the 1990s before he moved to Qatar.
The National Guard, headed by the former LIFG
deputy leader, Khaled al-Sharif, absorbed more than 30 brigades, mostly from the west and southwest.
The report also describes serious abuses that five of the former LIFG
members said they experienced at two US-run detention facilities in Afghanistan, most likely operated by the CIA.
In an online audio recording, posted in November 2007, Al Qaeda's then number two Ayman Al Zawahiri announced that the LIFG
had joined forces with his group.
During the 1980s and 1990s, the LIFG
, Tunisian Combat Group, and TIF were effectively suppressed by the Qaddafi and Ben Ali regimes.
Even though the LIFG
is not part of the al-Qaeda organization, the United States militarys West Point academy has said the two share an increasingly co-operative relationship.
has previously called for the overthrow of Gaddafi's regime in order to replace it with an Islamic state.
The release of this revisionist manuscript shortly followed a public statement in August 2009, where LIFG
's leaders apologized to the Libyan leader for their violent acts and pledged to continue working toward a complete reconciliation with remaining elements of LIFG
in Libya or abroad.