March 31, 2011

Is the West Playing Into al-Qaeda's Hands?

Peter Bergen, Daily Telegraph

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As the fortunes of the Libyan rebels continue to see-saw, many commentators are calling for the West to arm the opposition forces. Yet the disclosure on Tuesday that US intelligence agencies have picked up "flickers" of an al-Qaeda presence among the rebels has set off a fierce debate within the Obama administration – and the wider coalition – about whether giving them weapons may inadvertently help the enemies of the West.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Libya, Obama administration, al-Qaeda

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