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Analysis: Libyan Fighters Threaten Africa

Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 09:02 AM

According to a new LIGNET.com analysis, as the Libyan conflict winds down, North African countries are worried that the influx of war-hardened fighters and weapons will threaten their tenuous stability. Sub Saharan countries are especially worried about an influx of well-armed Libyan security personnel and mercenaries. LIGNET says it its analysis:

“The flood of armed fighters could seriously jeopardize the delicate balance in countries such as Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, and Niger. The governments already grapple with a population divided by tribal, linguistic and religious affiliations, and struggle to contain social unrest sparked by incredible poverty. Armed gangs, smugglers, and general criminals already test security forces, and the infusion of fighters and weapons could tip the balance toward instability and violence.”

LIGNET also cites concerns that al Qaeda could exploit displaced Libyan security personnel and mercenaries.

“Al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb could exploit the opportunity of Qaddafi’s collapse and the flood of fighters and weapons to gain strength in the region. The returning militants effectively are now fighters without a cause, making them susceptible to invitations from AQIM. Although the group has expressed support for the Libyan rebels, it is unlikely to distain former Qaddafi fighters willing to join its ranks.”

Click HERE to read the full analysis of this story from LIGNET.com , a new Washington, DC-based intelligence analysis and forecasting service.

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According to a new LIGNET.com analysis, as the Libyan conflict winds down, North African countries are worried that the influx of war-hardened fighters and weapons will threaten their tenuous stability. Sub Saharan countries are es
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