Al Qaeda's Libyan terrorist pipeline appears to be in operation 

Congress is not happy with President Obama’s Libyan adventure. House leadership pulled a resolution calling for withdrawal from the action in 15 days because they thought it actually might pass.

Lawmakers have good reason to be displeased: There are few signs the administration’s Libya strategy is accomplishing anything.

The biggest concern remains that the inconclusive struggle gives Islamist terror groups linked to al Qaeda an opportunity to open up a new front in their global jihad.

As first reported in Beltway Confidential, “Having set up a pipeline to bring fighters out of Libya, al Qaeda affiliates may well attempt to reverse the flow and bring fighters into the country. It would take time, of course. And such a maneuver may not become apparent for weeks or even months after it begins.” Now, that concern may be becoming a reality.

The first open source reporting that al Qaeda may be rising in the region came from Reuters. Two men suspected of being s of al-Qaeda. members were arrested in Tunisia, near the Libyan border, carrying an explosives belt and several bombs.

Now, the Associated Press reports a car bomb explosion in Benghazi, the de facto capital for rebel forces. Initial reports blame the Gaddafi regime for the blast. That may be right. But, then again, maybe not.

An inconclusive war coupled with the rise of al Qaeda could well turn Libya into the next Somalia. That’s a problem the US government should start thinking about. Somalia is home to al Shabaab, the al Qaeda linked terrorist group that launched a suicide attack against African Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu earlier this week.

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