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When asked about the al-Qaida link to the rebels, NATO commander Adm. James Stavridis pointed out the leadership of the opposition forces is made up of "responsible men and women."
But he added: "We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al-Qaida, Hezbollah."
Stavridis noted however he didn't have enough information to determine whether there is a significant al-Qaida presence among the rebels.
The report by the government's Integrated Threat Assessment Centre said "several Islamist insurgent groups" were based in eastern Libya and mosques in Benghazi were urging followers to fight in Iraq.
A Canadian intelligence report written in late 2009 also described the anti-Gadhafi stronghold of eastern Libya an "epicentre of Islamist extremism" and said "extremist cells" operated in the region. That is the region now being defended by a Canadian-led NATO coalition.
Originally posted by Dr UAE
i cant understand how people believe that alqaida still exist, i believe that they are just saying that so that when they're finished with gaddafi there will be an excuse to invade libya and take their oil, its as simple as that in my opinion.