Thank you, Hillary!
ISIS is now training pilots for future terrorist missions on an imported flight simulator in Libya, according to Arabic media reports citing Libyan and Egyptian military officials.
The flight simulator, apparently imported in October, is now located in the former Qaddafi stronghold of Sirte, about halfway between Benghazi and Tripoli.
“It’s a modern simulator, which apparently arrived from abroad,” the officials told the London-based Arabic daily, Al Sharq al Awsat. The simulator is the size of a compact car and includes a steering wheel, radar and communications gear, so student pilots can practice take-off and (crash) landing.
For now, it would appear that ISIS is “merely” training pilots to fly small aircraft, not military jets. “We’re talking about very basic, rudimentary pilots who can take off in a light plane and crash themselves into the Vatican, for instance,” Colonel Jacques Neriah, a retired Israeli military intelligence official, told FoxNews.
Although the initial news accounts on the ISIS simulator appeared last week, so far no reporter has asked the State Department or the White House about it during the daily briefings, nor has the U.S. government officially commented on it.
But the news so alarmed neighboring Arab governments that they briefed reporters on it, including the extraordinary detail that the Lebanese Air Force “tried several times to hit the base where the flight training is thought to be being conducted, but did not succeed in the attempts.”
The Lebanese Air Force mothballed its entire 10-aircraft fleet of Mirage IIIs in the 1980s, and today has just a handful of ancient British-made Hawker Hunter T-66 ground attack aircraft. The last time I can remember them conducting an air strike was about 1975.
Perhaps Egypt or Saudi Arabia were worried that if they attempted to bomb the facility, they would kill their own nationals.
This extraordinary piece of news came on the heels of a United Nations report that detailed the push by ISIS into Libya, where they now have an estimated 3,000 foreign fighters (aka, terrorists) training to strike targets in the region and beyond.
Qaddafi’s former stronghold, Sirte, has become the capital of ISIS in Libya and home to about half of all the ISIS fighters now in country.
Remember how Libya was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s great success story? So proud was she of her role in getting rid of Qaddafi and replacing him with a rebel coalition that included known jihadi terrorists that she instructed her top policy advisor, Jake Sullivan, to craft bragging points about it in August 2011.
Libya was Hillary’s war, her shining accomplishment as Secretary of State. After Benghazi, she hoped the media and the American public would not remind her of it.