Al Qaeda Takes Over US Base in Libya

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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That time Obama decided to overthrow Gaddafi in favor of a bunch of militias aligned with terrorists? It’s working out about as expected.

A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadist web forums, and U.S. officials.

Last week, the Libyan press reported that the camp (named “27” for the kilometer marker on the road between Tripoli and Tunis) was now under the command of Ibrahim Ali Abu Bakr Tantoush, a veteran associate of Osama bin Laden who was first designated as part of al Qaeda’s support network in 2002 by the United States and the United Nations. The report said he was heading a group of Salifist fighters from the former Libyan base.

In other words, Tantoush is now the chief of a training camp the U.S. and Libyan governments had hoped would train Libyan special operations forces to catch militants like Tantoush.

This is particularly true for Libya. Since the 9/11 anniversary attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, jihadist groups and al Qaeda’s regional affiliates have been gaining territory throughout Libya. News that a veteran like Tantoush is now in charge of a military base only 27 kilometers from Libya’s capital shows just how much the security in Libya has deteriorated.

According to one U.S. official who is read into the training program, the camp today is considered a “denied area,” or a place where U.S. forces would have to fight their way in to gain access.

We could just take them out from the air, but Obama Inc. has a strict policy about that. Just ask two dead ex-Navy SEALS.

  • Habbgun

    Yes but to be fair to Obama he is now ready to tee off on sanctions. He understands that the Jihadists could have made an easy eagle for peace but instead bogeyed the hole. He clearly knows that he has now maneuvered into the rough but being the pro he is he has maintained his lie and can avoid the sand traps of history. His dutiful caddie John Kerry is finally learning the course and knows that when his commander in chief says “get me a coffee, boy” and “don’t mess up the peace talks, son” the commander in chief means it.

  • DVult

    Maybe that new rail gun could use a workout.

  • liz

    Too bad Obama wasn’t over there lecturing the troops when it happened.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Gaddifi was evil but was the devil we knew.
    Now, with al Qaeda, this is vast world wide Terrorists, Gaddifi X 1000

  • T800

    just have a couple of F-15E’s fly over and drop several cluster munitions.
    Rinse,Repeat,as necessary.
    Or a C-130 or B-2 dropping a MOAB.
    (from high altitude,too,outside of any air defenses Libya might have!)

    I bet one MOAB would take out the entire base.
    the massive shockwave alone would kill any persons around.
    it would detonate any munitions.

  • Drakken

    What no one is discussing, is that since Uncle Sam is deassing the area, funny how us contractors are the only ones stabilizing the areas we control.