Back in 2011, in a phone call with Tony Blair, lasting half an hour, Gaddafi tried to prevent the regime change bombing campaign led by barack Obama and the USA, warning that if his regime was overthrown Islamic torrorist groups would use Libya as a conduit to infiltrate and attack Europe. Gaddafi insisted he was trying to defend Libya from al-Qaeda fighters. The presence of al-Qaeda terror cells would later be superceded by the rise of the so-called Islamic State."We are not fighting them, they are attacking us, " he said, "I want to tell you the truth. It is not a difficult situation at all. The story is simply this: an organisation has laid down sleeping cells in North Africa. Called the Al-Qaeda Organisation in North Africa... The sleeping cells in Libya are similar to dormant cells in America before 9/11
"They have managed to get arms and terrify people. people can't leave their homes... It's a jihad situation. They have arms and are terrorising people in the street."
In a second call made a little over four hours later, Gaddafi told Mr Blair: "I will have to arm the people and get ready for a fight. Libyan people will die, damage will be on the Mediterranean, Europe and the whole world. These armed groups are using the situation [in Libya] as a justification - and we shall fight them." a transcript of the converstation, published in 2016 revealed.
Former British Prime Minister Blair made two calls to Gaddafi to try to negotiate the dictator's departure from Tripoli as civil war engulfed the nation. Three weeks later, a Nato-led coaltion that included Britain, began bombing raids that led to the overthrow of Gaddafi. The dictator was finally deposed in August and murdered by a mob two months later.
In the calls Blair told Gaddafi: "If you have a safe place to go you should go there because this will not end peacefully and there has to be a process of change, that process of change can be managed and we have to find a way of managing it.
"The US and the EU are in a tough position right now and I need to take something back to them which ensures this ends peacefully."
Mr Blair ended the call by saying: "i would like to offer a way out that is peaceful... keep the lines open."
Gaddafi's warnings appear to have been born out. Libya has collapsed following his overthrow. The country remains in the grip of civil war, with three rival groups each claiming to be the legitimate government, and much of Libya's territory is in the control of Islamist extremists linked to the ISIS .
Terrorists sent by Isil to France were responsible for the attacks on Paris in November 2015 amid growing concern jihadists are crossing into Europe from north Africa and the Middle East.
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