In his more recent remarks to Il Sole 24 Ore, al-Hasadi admits not only to fighting against U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but also to recruiting Libyans to fight against American forces in Iraq. As noted in my earlier PJM report here, captured al-Qaeda personnel records show that al-Hasadi?s hometown of Darnah sent more foreign fighters to fight with al-Qaeda in Iraq than any other foreign city or town and ?far and away the largest per capita number of fighters.? Al-Hasadi told Il Sole 24 Ore that he personally recruited ?around 25? Libyans to fight in Iraq. ?Some have come back and today are on the front at Ajdabiya,? al-Hasadi explained, ?They are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists.? ?The members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader,? al-Hasadi added.
The revelations about al-Hasadi?s involvement in the anti-American jihad are particularly troubling in light of clear evidence that Western forces are coordinating their attacks on Libyan government targets with rebel forces.
With deposement what is to be obtained? 1) Quite possibly Islamic sharia rule2). So perhaps weaken The Colonel but if France should eliminate this regime then France had best have a favorable succession plan that it knows will hold. Good luck, France, it is your backyard3) and you will live with the consequences just as we in the U.S. are doing.4) 0.02
The US has used AC-130 Spooky gunships and A-10 Thunderbolt tankbusters against Moamar Gaddafi's troops in Libya, the Pentagon has confirmed.
Vice Admiral Bill Gortney confirmed the use of the ground attack aircraft this morning but denied the US was directly supporting rebel fighters.
"We have employed A-10s and AC-130s over the weekend," he said, without giving specifics about targets.
The AC-130 gunship is a heavily modified Hercules transport plane armed with 20mm, 40mm and 105mm cannons.
The A-10 is designed for close air support, especially against tanks and armoured vehicles, and carries a multi-barrelled 30mm cannon which can fire nearly 4,000 rounds a minute.
Unlike the long-range guided missile attacks that have targeted command centres and anti-aircraft defences, both aircraft are designed for close-range assaults against ground troops.
But Vice Admiral Gortney said the US actions are only in support of the UN-backed resolutions to protect Libyan civilians.
"We're not in direct support of the opposition, that's not part of our mandate, and we're not coordinating with the opposition," he said.
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