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Rebels Only Show ‘Flickers’ Of Al Qaeda

From an unquestioning Reuters:

Intelligence on Libya rebels shows "flickers" of Qaeda

March 29, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Intelligence on the rebel forces battling Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has shown "flickers" of al Qaeda or Hezbollah presence, but there is still no detailed picture of the emerging Libyan opposition, NATO’s top operations commander said on Tuesday.

"We are examining very closely the content, composition, the personalities, who are the leaders of these opposition forces," Admiral James Stavridis, who is NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and also the commander of U.S. European Command, said during testimony at the U.S. Senate…

While the opposition’s leadership appeared to be "responsible men and women" fighting Gaddafi, Stavridis said, "we have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al Qaeda, Hezbollah, we’ve seen different things."

"But at this point I don’t have detail sufficient to say there is a significant al Qaeda presence or any other terrorist presence," he said.

In other words, our intelligence agencies — and our news media — are telling us that we have nothing to worry about. Just as the Muslim Brotherhood is not a threat in Egypt, Al Qaeda is no threat in Libya.

And notice how eagerly the news media eats up these kind of reassurances.

And never mind that these are the very same intelligence agencies that told us that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The same intelligence agencies that told us that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Rebels Only Show ‘Flickers’ Of Al Qaeda”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    As in flicking something off your finer? That kind of flicker? Flicker of intelligence? Help me out here….

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Sounds like a “B” rated movie, “Ol’ Flicker”.
    Bad…….I know!

  3. canary says:

    Obama must be impeached. So what if Joe Biden picks his nose for a few months. Re-election with the 2 is worse. Obama’s claim of the UN mandate won’t hold up. I can see Obama in the military following orders from Hitler. After all Obama is a communist club member & sympathizer.

  4. wstuga says:

    “While the opposition’s leadership appeared to be “responsible men and women” fighting Gaddafi, Stavridis said”

    Not that I would ever take the make believe media at their word due to their stellar work (esp. recent work i.e. muslim brother hood and Egypt), but that sentence tells me that this media report is totally off base. The same religion that requires women to cover themselves in public, whips women who are raped for seducing the men who raped them, and in general is suppressive of women, now has responsible men and women in leadership. Right. I believe you.

  5. heykev says:

    I believe the government hires their Intelligence Agency Analysts from the same place they get their Economists.

    • proreason says:

      The SEIU.

      But your point is deadly serious. There was a time when we assumed that the government had objective people in key positions, and that the information they produced was as accurate as circumstances allowed.

      Those days are gone.

      I don’t believe a single word anybody in government says. It’s all politicized propaganda and lies. It’s hard to understand how they live with themselves. It’s a tragedy that the needs of the country have been subverted to the ambitions of greedy power-hungry politicians and wannabe dictators. And it’s frightening to know that the bureaucracy is filled with idealogues who will still be there when we expel their current political masters.

    • tranquil.night says:

      2012 or bust. Literally.

    • heykev says:

      Pro – yes, gobernment bureaucrats now realize they will outlive any administration and because of that will simply wait out one they don’t agree with. All the while doing all in their power to discredit, slow implementation of good laws that do not agree with their ideologies.

  6. NoNeoCommies says:

    And some women only show a flicker of pregnancy.

  7. Gil says:

    Let’s Arm Them!… 1,000 Jihadist Extremists Join Libyan Rebel Movement
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Yesterday NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe ADM James Stavridis told a committee that there were “flickers” of Al-Qaeda in the Libyan rebels ranks.
    So 1,000 jihadists is a “flicker”?

    Today a “former” Al-Qaeda member told reporters that he believes there are 1,000 jihadists who have joined the Libyan rebel movement. This is the same day that Hillary Clinton suggested that we arm the rebels.

    The Washington Times reported:

    A former leader of Libya’s al Qaeda affiliate says he thinks “freelance jihadists” have joined the rebel forces, as NATO’s commander told Congress on Tuesday that intelligence indicates some al Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists are fighting Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.

    Former jihadist Noman Benotman, who renounced his al Qaeda affiliation in 2000, said in an interview that he estimates 1,000 jihadists are in Libya.

    On Capitol Hill, Adm. James Stavridis, the NATO commander, when asked about the presence of al Qaeda terrorists among the rebels, said the leadership of the opposition is made up of “responsible men and women.”

    “We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al Qaeda, Hezbollah,” the four-star admiral said. “We’ve seen different things. But at this point, I don’t have detail sufficient to say that there’s a significant al Qaeda presence, or any other terrorist presence, in and among these folks.”

    The military is continuing to “look at that very closely,” he said, because “it’s part of doing due diligence as we move forward on any kind of relationship” with the opposition.

    Outside observers generally estimate the number of trained Libyan fighters to be about 1,000.

    (end quote)

    Related… Al-Qaeda also reportedly stole missiles recently from Gaddafi’s stockpiles.


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