Al Qaeda in Libya: A Profile

A report prepared by the enemy may prove of some use one day. It proves they knew what they were unleashing when they attacked Libya and whatever claims they have made to the contrary are lies. They intended to use these sleeper cells as their proxy armies to recolonize North Africa, onwards…

For Truthful and Factual Reporting on Al Qaeda in Libya, See: Everywhere is War: European Warlords Strike Again – This Time in Mali

A Report Prepared by the Federal Research Division
Library of Congress under an Interagency Agreement with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office’s
Irregular Warfare Support Program
August 2012

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This report attempts to assess al-Qaeda’s presence in Libya.

Al-Qaeda Senior Leadership

(AQSL) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have sought to take advantage of the Libyan War to recruit militants and to reinforce their operational capabilities in an attempt to create a safe haven and possibly to extend their area of operations to Libya. Reports have indicated that AQSL is seeking to create an al-Qaeda clandestine network in Libya that could be activated in the future to destabilize the government and/or to offer logistical support to al-Qaeda’s activities in North Africa and the Sahel. AQIM has reportedly formed sleeper cells that are probably connected to an al-Qaeda underground network in Libya, likely as a way, primarily, to secure the supply of arms for its ongoing jihadist operations in Algeria and the Sahel. This report discusses how al-Qaeda and its North African affiliate are using communications media and face-to-face contacts to shift the still-evolving post-revolutionary political and social dynamic in Libya in a direction that is conducive to jihad and hateful of the West.