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Al-Qaeda in Libya is Real
Has America and NATO been duped in Libya?
Libya has never been a black and white place during its five month old civil war, which may be ending, or maybe changing. The rebel fighters are murky creatures wanting to be rid of Muammar Qaddafi and his dictatorship. But now that has happened, the murkiness is increasing as to what happens to Libya. The fighters may not even know the real intentions of those leading them because of deception.
But it is clear from reports that pro al Qaeda fighters are there in the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group – LIFG, and are in control of the former strongholds of Muammar Qaddafi captured by Libyan rebels fighting under the NTC banner (National Transition Council) made up of Libyans and former military men. They are fighting under the command of Abd Al-Hakim Belhadj, an al Qaeda veteran from Afghanistan captured by the CIA in Malaysia in 2003 and extradited six years later to Libya where Qaddafi held him in prison. Now that there is no Qaddafi, he was freed and now has a group of pro al Qaeda fighters armed with looted weapons from the Libyan Army. He has vowed not to cooperate and to jihad against the "crusaders"( the NTC and NATO). There are several "brigades" under the al-Qaeda leader, one controls most of southern Tripoli and vowed not to give it up. Another unit captured Qaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya ruling compound on Aug. 23 and freed many al-qaeda prisoners in jail. If the NTC is recognized as the legitimate new government, they may have another war for southern Tripoli controlled by pro-al-qaeda men armed with British and French advanced weapons. These weapons were given to them which allowed for the collapse of Qaddafi. But now, their real colors are shown-they were incognito as NTC troops until now.
Thus, NATO, and with approval of Obama, were duped by the al-qaeda men thinking they were part of the NTC liberating Libyans. Military sources report that the bulk of rebel military strength in central and western Libya is not under NTC command, nor does it obey orders from rebel headquarters in Benghazi. Thus, the situation remains murky at best and already good intentions of the US and NATO have gone awry once again.