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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says if Western leaders decide to attack his country, he’ll join with al-Qaida in a “holy war,” unleashing a flood of illegal immigrants into Europe and backing known terror fomenters, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Gadhafi originally had accused al-Qaida of creating the opposition to him inside his own country.
But now he says his forces appear to be pushing the opposition onto the ropes inside Libya, and he doesn’t like the United Nations adopting a no-fly zone over Libya, or the fact Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, hinted in a speech that other military action may be forthcoming from the West .
She did not specify what that would be.
The Obama administration has made it clear that it will not take unilateral action and insists on an international response if the decision is made to take military action against Libya.
Previously, Gadhafi said his regime is opposed to Islamist extremists in the region, although he has a history of supporting terrorists, with Libyans constituting the single largest bloc of membership in al-Qaida outside the Saudis.
Now Gadhafi has offered to help facilitate an al-Qaida sweep from the Middle East and North Africa that would then threaten Europe.
“If instead of a stable government which guarantees security, these bands linked to Bin Laden take control, the Africans will move in a mass toward Europe and the Mediterranean and will become a sea of chaos,” Gadhafi warned.
His warnings could prove to be ominous, since al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, has grown in strength especially with the turmoil in Yemen and now threatens in Saudi Arabia.
In addition, Al-Qaida in the Maghreb, or AQIM, has been very active from Algeria and Morocco to Tunisia, Mauritania and Mali.
Between them lie Egypt and Libya. Egypt in recent weeks has seen a growing influence from the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the base from which al-Qaida emerged. In addition, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad’s Ayman al-Zawaheiri, is al-Qaida’s No. 2 in command.
If Gadhafi merges with al-Qaida, it would unite both elements of al-Qaida from the Arabian Peninsula and the Maghreb and give al-Qaida a major new base of operations to lay a foundation of a previously stated al-Qaida goal to return to Europe through Spain, which the Muslims occupied from 711 to 1492.
To help pursue the goal of advancing on Europe, Gadhafi in recent days also has threatened to end his efforts of halting the massive flow of immigrants into Europe, thereby flooding Europe with illegal immigrants who could include al-Qaida members.
In addition to possibly forming an alliance with al-Qaida, Gadhafi could lift immigration restrictions to Europe in response to what he believes is the betrayal by former European allies, especially Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
If Gadhafi would survive his nation’s internal turmoil, the implications of what he is threatening could be just the beginning of increased problems for Western security, especially in Europe. Islamic radicals could be expected to rally behind someone who would be viewed as a new state sponsor of terrorism.
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