Virginia – US-based Qaeda affiliate Esam Omeish praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for fighting in Libya, at an event organized under the auspices of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) on Sunday.
52-year-old Omeish, who is listed by Libyan parliamentary committee, to be among the list of 75 terrorists for his affiliation with the Revolutionary Shura Council, an Islamist opposition group affiliated with Al Qaeda, wrote about the event, which was organized between the US Muslim community leaders and Turkish President in collaboration with USCMO’s Secretary-General Osama Al-Jammal and Turkish Ambassador to the US Serdar Kılıç.
Translation of his FB post is, “I participated as a representative of the Muslim American Society (MAS), one of the largest Islamic institutions operating in the US in terms of members and branches. I availed myself of the opportunity to thank His Excellency the Turkish President who congratulated the Muslim community and affirmed the important relations between Turkey and the United States of America and the role of the American Muslim community in establishing bridges of cooperation between our the US homeland and Turkey. I congratulated our Turkish brothers and sisters on Eid Al-Fitr”.
The Qaeda affiliate pointed out that he thanked Erdogan for providing Libya through “his steadfast stance with Libyan people against tyranny and state militarization”.
He also pointed out that, Erdogan expressed his strong opposition to what he believes as the “Haftar’s coup project, his attack on innocents, and his incessant attempts to destabilize Libya”.
Omeish was born in Tripoli, Libya in 1967 and then immigrated with his family to United States of America in 1982. He is the board member of a hard-core Muslim Brotherhood organization called as Dar ul Hijra Islamic Center.
In 2000, Omeish recommended the board members of the Islamic center to hire slain Qaeda’s recruiter and motivator Anwar Al-Awlaki as the mosque’s Imam.