In spite of the threat of American weapons ending up in the hands of terrorist groups, President Barack Obama secretly approved an arms transfer to Libyan rebels through Qatar at the height of the rebellion against Moamar Khadhafi, a knowledgeable source noted on Friday.
However, American counterterrorists are discovering that some of those U.S. weapons ended up in the hands of radical Islamists including associates of al-Qaeda, according to a law enforcement source who trained police in the Middle East.
Some Americans who are retired from the military, as well as intelligence and law enforcement agencies, believe there should be an investigation into possible connections between the weapons provided by the Qataris back then and the attack that killed an American ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.
During the months leading up to the terrorist attacks, the Obama administration worried about its part in helping to arm the Libyan rebels who were members of terrorist organizations especially so close to Election Day.
Experts believe that Obama’s experience with arming Libyan rebels is why his administration is nervous about arming the rebels in Syria, where money and weapons are flowing in from Qatar and other countries. It’s widely believed that al-Qaeda in Iraq and other terrorist groups are active in the Syrian rebellion.
Countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar are reportedly supplying weapons and equipment to the Syrian rebels. But the Obama administration continues its refusal to directly arm the Syrian opposition, for fear that the weapons may end up in the hands of the more hard-line Islamist groups in the Arab country, said a source within federal law enforcement.
The aftermath of the rebellions in Egypt and Libya have been disappointing to the Obama administration and the Democrats, with the Egyptian government run by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Libyan government’s difficulty dealing with terrorists, militias and warlords, said an Israeli security expert.