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:
- Chad President 100% Certain of Surface to air Missles in the hands of al-Qaeda
- Libyan Rebels selling Weapons including Chemical Weapons to Hamas and Hezbollah
- Turkish Prime Minister Warns against providing Arms to Rebels
- Evidence Mounting that Libyan Rebels are Jihadists and al-Qaeda
- Shock Story: Muslim Brotherhood in Libya eyes a prize – CNN
- Libyan rebel commander (Abdel Hakim al-Hasidi) admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links
- US Military Documents Reveal Rebel Strongholds Are Jihadi Hotbeds
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.