Islamic extremists in the Sahara desert have exploited the chaos in Libya to acquire weapons of the North African country said on Tuesday the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy Franco Frattini.
“Extremists in the Sahel region of conflict have taken advantage of Libya to obtain weapons,” said Frattini in a press conference in Algeria.
Algerian authorities have previously warned that North African arm of Al Qaeda is smuggling weapons from Libya to their base in the Sahara.
Frattini’s comments are the first made by an official of the West on these facts.
- Report: Al Qaeda Smuggling Weapons Out Of Libya (businessinsider.com)
- Libya: ‘Only’ 15 Percent of Rebels Are Islamic Extremists (teaandpolitics.wordpress.com).
- Libya: Rebel Commander says AQ jihadists are helping them (teaandpolitics.wordpress.com)
- Libya: Rebels come from pro-Jihadist Areas (teaandpolitics.wordpress.com)