Over the weekend there were furious reports in the press about the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn being "soft on terror" in relation to the IRA while all the papers and TV were outbidding each other on how many active terrorists there were "out there": figures went from 20,000 on Friday, 23 thousand on Saturday to 30,000 on Sunday. The Corbyn attack and the figures of active terrorists (released by the security services) were a blatant attempt to kill the emerging story of Britain's active involvement with an al-Qaida affiliated group that was based in and around Manchester and with at least one member involved in the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert a week ago. There's a good initial response to this from the CWO on the ICT website and it has provoked (not much of) a discussion on Libcom.
There is a whole Libyan milieu around the Fallowfields area of Manchester that have their roots in the al-Qaida linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group which the bomber, Salman Abedi, and his family at least participated in (although young Salman seems to have progressed to Isis , though there's a compatibility between the two groups). According to the ex-MI5 agent, David Shayler, Britain frequently used the LIFG in the 90's against Gaddafi in Libya with one credible report that they paid them shedloads to assassinate the Libyan leader. When Blair and Britain were cosying up to Gaddafi they also turned on the LIFG, given up to the Libyan leader a number of their leaders and their families who, with the complicity of the British state and MI6, were then tortured. Now, with Gaddafi gone, and Libya in ruins and chaos from Cameron's, Obama's and Sarkozy great "victory", the British are using the LIFG again. They've used them before in Afghanistan and Syria: the war on terror is being "fought" by the British with terrorists.
Despite very clear and very definite warnings over years, the bomber, Salman Abedi and members of his family, as well as other LIFG elements in Manchester, appear to have been assisted in their finances, travel, passport availability not only shuttling backwards and forwards to Libya but other countries too including Syria.
For the British state Salman went too far in bombing the Manchester Arena, but this was a killer in the making protected by British "intelligence" who was allowed to travel to "multiple countries" (according to US intelligence), who was clearly moving towards Isis (French and US intelligence) yet who was allowed to walk free and prepare a major bombing by the British state.