Algerian Official Joins in Warning al-Qaeda Infiltrating Libyan Rebels – Will Exploit Chaos to Expand Influence If Gaddafi Regime Crumbles…

For weeks we have been sharing the crisis in Libya specifically as it relates to “dubious” and “extremist” elements within the “rebel forces”.   This includes the abundantly clear reporting that al-Qaeda forces in the North African region have used the opportunity to enter Libya and smuggle out weapons.   Not just any weapons, but massive and dangerous weapons.  Surface to Air Missles, Rockets, and Chemical weapons are now in the hands of al-Qaeda elements that have terroristic ideologies.   Before I go into another blatant example that should put the American, and indeed the European, politicians on notice that “something”, something very dangerous is going to happen soon, here is a recap of what we are aware of:

And now today this new report: (Guardian)- al-Qaeda is exploiting the conflict in Libya to acquire weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, and smuggle them to a stronghold in northern Mali, a security official from neighbouring Algeria told Reuters.

The official said a convoy of eight Toyota pick-up trucks left eastern Libya, crossed into Chad and then Niger, and from there into northern Mali where in the past few days it delivered a cargo of weapons.

He also said he had information that al-Qaeda’s north African wing, known as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), had acquired from Libya Russian-made, shoulder-fired, Strela surface-to-air missiles known by the Nato designation Sam-7.

“A convoy of eight Toyotas full of weapons travelled a few days ago through Chad and Niger and reached northern Mali,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The weapons included RPG-7s, FMPK (Kalashnikov heavy machine guns), Kalashnikovs, explosives and ammunition … and we know that this is not the first convoy and that it is still ongoing,” the official told Reuters.

The official claimed that al-Qaeda was exploiting disarray among forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and had also infiltrated the anti-Gaddafi rebels in eastern Libya.

“AQIM … is taking advantage by acquiring the most sophisticated weapons such as Sam-7s (surface-to-air missiles), which are equivalent to Stingers,” he said, referring to a missile system used by the US military.

The security official said the western coalition that has intervened in Libya had to confront the possibility that if Gaddafi’s regime falls, al-Qaeda could exploit the resulting chaos to extend its influence to the Mediterranean coast.

“If the Gaddafi regime goes, it is the whole of Libya – in terms of a country which has watertight borders and security and customs services which used to control these borders – which will disappear, at least for a good time, long enough for AQIM to re-deploy as far as the Libyan Mediterranean.

“In the case of Libya, the coalition forces must make an urgent choice. To allow chaos to settle in, which will necessitate … a ground intervention with the aim of limiting the unavoidable advance of AQIM towards the southern coast of the Mediterranean, or to preserve the Libyan regime, with or without Gaddafi, to restore the pre-uprising security situation,” the official told Reuters.

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3 Responses to Algerian Official Joins in Warning al-Qaeda Infiltrating Libyan Rebels – Will Exploit Chaos to Expand Influence If Gaddafi Regime Crumbles…

  1. Lois Haynes says:

    And where does this leave us — in another war we can’t in any way, manpower or money and we can thank Obama for this.

    • Essentially withdrawl and containment is the best possibility in my view. Pull out the US contingent of the UN, allow the EU to attempt regime change if that is what they want. The EU has already shot themselves in the foot with Quackdaffy, they are going to have to remove him or apologize and spend decades in subserviance to him. They really underestimated him, well not all of them did, but Sarkozy…. sheeesh, big mistake from that fella.

      Let the Arab Nations and the EU diplomatic contingent figure out what to do. Either way, with or without Quackdaffy in power so much damage is already done the EU will be dealing with the ramifications for many years. The pipeline of North African immigration is going to open full force on Italy and France, and with the Ivory Coast in turmoil more will flee North. The French troops are working earnestly in IC to stop this from happening, perhaps they will be successful.

      Daffy is probably the better of all evils right now, in the short term. Long term, is anyone’s guess. Let him face the Arab League, perhaps they can better handle one of their own.

  2. Gypsy says:

    Obama is destroying out nation!!

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