Al-Qaida in North Africa supports Libyans

AP News
Posted: Feb 24, 2011 7:30 AM
Al-Qaida in North Africa supports Libyans

An offshoot of the al-Qaida terror network in North Africa has called on Muslims to support the uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb said in a statement posted on a militant website Thursday that it would do whatever it can to support the revolt, but did not give specifics.

The group, based in neighboring Algeria, may be seeking to capitalize on the revolt to gain recruits or win support among Libyans.

The statement on a website monitored by the SITE Intelligence Group denounced Gadhafi as a "criminal tyrant." It said support for the rebels should especially come from Libyan neighbors Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.

Gadhafi has helped the U.S. track al-Qaida and other terror suspects in the region.