In what could be a disturbing turn of events in Libya for U.S. policy and for stability in North Africa, according to an article from Bill Gertz of the Washington Times titled, Jihadists plot to take over Libya:
Jihadists among the Libyan rebels revealed plans last week on the Internet to subvert the post-Moammar Gadhafi government and create an Islamist state, according to U.S. intelligence agencies.
U.S. officials said spy agencies are stepping up surveillance of Islamist-oriented elements among Libyan rebels. A government report circulated Tuesday said extremists were observed “strategizing” on Internet forums about how to set up an Islamist state in Libya after the regime of Col. Gadhafi is defeated.
In the haste to engage in military action last March and to support the rebel cause against Moammar Qaddafi, the chaos that has ensued following the collapse of the Qaddafi regime have given Islamic fundamentalist terror networks an excellent cover to become part of a splintered rebel movement and possibly further their political goals in Libya and, in general, throughout North Africa.
Remember, Algeria, to the west of Libya, has been fighting an Islamic insurgency for nearly 20 years since the early 1990s. There is a reason why they won’t recognize the National Transitional Council as the new government of Libya for fears that it is made primarily of Islamic insurgents and any recognition would give the insurgency groups in Algeria and much needed boost against the Algerian government.
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