Al-Qaeda Takes Tripoli

Posted by John Rosenthal

When, at the outset of the unrest that would eventually lead to his downfall, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi asserted that al-Qaeda was behind the challenge to his regime, Western commentators treated his claims with widespread derision and dismissed them out of hand. If it was not already clear from earlier revelations about al-Qaeda-linked rebels, it is now unmistakably clear that such derision was misplaced. The commander of the rebel forces that have taken control of Tripoli is none other than Abdul-Hakim Belhadj, the historical leader of Libya’s al-Qaeda affiliate, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).

For a compendium of information on Belhadj and other leading Qaeda-linked rebels, see my new article on the Hudson-NY website here.

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