March 2, 2011 / 5:12 PM / 8 years ago

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

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

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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