Fighting Ghadafi—and the Specter of Al Qaeda

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 2011—From the onset of the uprising in Libya in February, Western observers have worried about the presence of Islamist extremism and anti-Western sentiment and whether Al Qaeda has infiltrated the Libyan revolt.

On the ground in Benghazi, Libya, Homeland Security Today pursues the evidence in its May cover story “Fighting Ghadafi—and the Specter of Al Qaeda.”

According to Mike Elkin, author of “Fighting Ghadafi—and the Specter of Al Qaeda,” “Since Sept. 11, 2001 the specter of Al Qaeda has haunted the West just as much as Al Qaeda itself. But on the ground in Libya, amidst the debris of battle and the determination to be free, that specter was nowhere to be seen.” He adds, “Libyans wanted freedom and were willing to die for it—they weren’t fighting to be oppressed by different extremists in different garb and shouting different slogans. Al Qaeda and its creed were nowhere to be seen.”

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