As’ad AbuKhalil, for those who don’t know, is a Lebanese-American professor of political science at California State University. On his blog today, he cited a news source in Arabic, which I can’t read, but he summarizes it for us:
This is not in the US media but is all over Arab media. The leader of Al-Qa`idah in the Maghrib admits that his group benefited from the turmoil in Libya and that they obtained weapons from Libya. “It is natural“, he told a Mauritanian media outlet.
This adds some direct context to why we saw the al Qaeda flag flying over the center of Benghazi, the de facto capital of the NTC. Brilliant job, America.