U.S. fears Libya could become "a giant Somalia"

WASHINGTON Wed Mar 2, 2011 12:11pm EST

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a hearing on National Security and Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY2012 International Affairs Budget before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 2, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a hearing on National Security and Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY2012 International Affairs Budget before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 2, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of Washington's biggest concerns is that Libya will slide into chaos and become a haven for al Qaeda much like Somalia though it does not now expect that, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

"One of our biggest concerns is Libya descending into chaos and becoming a giant Somalia. It's right now not something that we see in the offing but many of the al Qaeda activists in Afghanistan and later in Iraq came from Libya and came from eastern Libya, which is now the so-called free area of Libya," Clinton told U.S. lawmakers said.

(Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (4)
txgadfly wrote:
Nonsense! Libya has too much oil for that. Someone will take it over. That someone will almost certainly be muslim whether the US likes it or not.

Mar 02, 2011 12:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bossmeh19 wrote:
Yes…. A giant Somalia with oil, hence why she cares.

Mar 02, 2011 12:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CaseyRyback wrote:
I have some doubts as to the motivation behind this kind of inflammatory rhetoric. The people in the diplomatic establishment seem to have something to hide. Someone needs to investigate everyone involved with the normalization of relations with Gaddafi. Who profited personally from the US government normalizing its relations with a known terrorist?

Mar 02, 2011 8:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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