Well, it looks like there might well be some additional fallout from our support for those “Arab Spring” uprisings. As in a resurgence of al Qaeda in North Africa – complete with the establishment of safe havens and training grounds.
As reported here, it appears that al Qaeda is making deliberate attempts to set up shop in Libya. It also appears they’re well along the way to succeeding.
The article lists 3 factors that, taken together, show strong evidence of an overall plan by al Qaeda to set up shop in Libya. Those factors are
- the dispatch of two leaders (Abu Anas al Libi and Abd al Baset Azzouz) who report to al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan;
- the presence of affilaited groups, in particular al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM); and
- close support by sympathetic local militias, in particular those led by ex-Guantanamo inmate Abu Sufian Ben Qumu.
The article goes on to provide evidence indicating al Qaeda is likely moving to set up safe haven and training areas in southern Libya.
I think we’ve seen this movie before – a bit over a decade ago. As well as around 20 years before that. And it sucked the first two times around.
The thesis gets support from the USAFRICOM commander, GEN Carter Ham. GEN Ham has indicated his concern over “a growing linkage, growing network and collaboration and synchronization amongst various extremist organizations which I think pose the greatest threat to regional stability more broadly across Africa, certainly into Europe, United States as well.”
Gee, the Arab Spring being organized or (more likely) exploited by al Qaeda for their own benefit. Yeah, I know – that’s so obvious Stevie Wonder could have seen it coming.
You’ll have to ask the current Administration why they didn’t, and chose to provide support to the Arab Spring uprisings anyway.