Is Libya Becoming A Safe Haven For Al Qaeda?

Al Qaeda Headquarters in Libya -- Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

The volatile country, still reeling after the Benghazi attack and several recent bombings, has become a magnet for al Qaeda terrorists determined to sow instability in the region.

A rare interview with a top Libyan intelligence official reveals that, as an unintended consequence of the French intervention to quash a radical Muslim insurgency in nearby Mali, which forced al Qaeda in the Mahgreb to move north earlier this year, Libya has now become the main base of the terror group in the region, heightening the instability of what is already a volatile country.

“Libya has become AQIM’s headquarters,” says the intelligence source, adding that in just the last few weeks three new al Qaeda camps have opened in southern Libya.

The terror group’s boosted presence in Libya comes at a time when the struggling country is reeling from several threats to—or attacks on—Western targets.

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More News On The Presence Of Al Qaeda In Libya

Terrorist Haven in Libya: Islamist militia linked to Sept. 11 Benghazi attack operates freely in city -- Washington Free Beacon
Sources: 3 al Qaeda operatives took part in Benghazi attack -- CNN
Al Qaeda operatives unleashed in Benghazi attack: Report -- Washington Times
Benghazi Defended By Al Qaeda Linked Groups Hired By State Department -- Inquisitr
Chaos in Libya Threatens Entire Sahel Region -- Abdallah al-Maizi, Al-Monitor
The al Qaeda Franchise Threat -- Wall Street Journal

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