Weapons from Militants in Libya Arming Al-Qaeda

Weapons from Militants in Libya Arming Al-Qaeda

When President Obama led efforts to topple and kill former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, many predicted that Libya would fall into a state of unrest.

And, according to CNN, “the weapons used by the rebels who overthrew” Gaddafi are “now a threat to the whole region” and getting into the hands of Al-Qaeda groups in Northern Africa.

Amanda Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense on African affairs, told CNN that, “the breakdown of security in Libya has generated a significant flow of militants and weapons and has decreased legitimate cross-border traffic at a time of great economic fragility and turbulence.”  

As Middle Eastern dictators get toppled, the western world will have to deal with radical Islamic groups like Al-Qaeda gaining more strength as they (and in this case, literally) picked up the pieces of the shattered Middle Eastern regimes and empires.