Gadhafi's collapse cheers al Qaeda 

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi"s  "irrational garble" about the causes of his nation's uprising -- blaminbg it on hallucinogenic drugs and al Qaeda --  may be the "extreme thoughts of desperation as he faces his final days as leader," as one U.S. official said, but al Qaeda's North African wing isn't hiding their joy at the uprising in Libya.

The group said in a statement posted on extremist web sites that we "will do whatever we can to help."

That worries U.S. officials.

"Certainly the growing influence of al Qaeda in the region is something we are all concerned with," said a US Military official. "We are continuously monitoring the situation in North Africa and will be as events unfold in the region."

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