US asks Libyan opposition about al Qaida reports

By REUTERS
April 4, 2011 23:02

WASHINGTON - The United States has raised concerns with the Libyan opposition about reports of al Qaida obtaining weapons in eastern Libya, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Monday.

"We are aware of these reports too and it has been one of the topics of our conversation with ... the opposition forces," Toner told reporters. "We have made very clear our concerns and they have ... pledged that they will look into it."

A senior security source in neighboring Algeria told Reuters that Al Qaida is exploiting the conflict in Libya to acquire weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, and smuggle them to a stronghold in northern Mali.


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