Adm. James Stavridis, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s supreme allied commander in Europe, told a Senate committee on that U.S. intelligence has picked up “flickers” of al Qaeda among rebel groups in Libya.
These “flickers” have turned out to be two former Afghan Mujahedeen and a six-year detainee at Guantanamo Bay.
The Gitmo detainee is Sufyan Ben Qumu, a Libyan army veteran who worked for Osama bin Laden’s holding company in Sudan and later for an al Qaeda-linked charity in Afghanistan.
Another terrorist among the Libyan rebels is Abdel Hakim al-Hasady, an influential Islamic preacher and high-school teacher who spent five years at a training camp in eastern Afghanistan.
Both Hasady and Ben Qumu were picked up by Pakistani authorities after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and were turned over to the U.S. Mr. Hasady was released to Libyan custody two months later. Mr. Ben Qumu spent six years at Guantanamo Bay before he was turned over to Libyan custody in 2007.
Hasady and Ben Qumu were both released from Libyan prisons in 2008 as part of reconciliation with radical Islamists in Libya.
Mr. Hasady’s field commander on the front lines is Salah al-Barrani, a former fighter from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, which was formed in the 1990s by Libyan Mujahedeen returning home after helping to drive the Soviets from Afghanistan and dedicated to ousting Mr. Gadhafi from power.
After the uprising began in Libya, Mr. Hasady told several journalists that he had joined the fight against the Americans during his time in Afghanistan. He now claims he was misquoted and that he only settled in Afghanistan because Islamists of his ilk were unwelcome everywhere else—yeah, sure.
For the U.S., the situation recalls the problems that followed America’s ill-fated alliance with the Afghan Mujahedeen fighting the Soviets in the 1980s. Many went on to al Qaeda and other violent radical Islamist groups.
Col. Gadhafi has singled out Mr. Hasady as evidence of Al Qaeda elements among the Libyan rebels.
Obama’s lady neo-cons, Hillary Clinton, and possible future Secretary of State, Dublin born Samantha Power, are the driving forces behind Obama’s policies in the Libyan civil war.
Should Obama have sent the CIA to help the rebels?
If those rebels being helped are members of a terrorist organization, such as Al Qaeda or the Mujahedeen, then it is legally an act of treason on the part of all Americans involved—possibly including President Obama.