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    Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links

    In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited "around 25" men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are "today are on the front lines in Adjabiya".

    Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters "are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists," but added that the "members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader".

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    Earlier this month, al-Qaeda issued a call for supporters to back the Libyan rebellion, which it said would lead to the imposition of "the stage of Islam" in the country.

    Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links - Telegraph
    A perfect example of why we shouldn't be involved in Libya. Has our government learned nothing about supporting factions it knows nothing about? Even if the campaign is successful at deposing Qaddafi, success will be fleeting. The US government's track record of picking the "good guys" in foreign civil wars is horrendous; attempts to do so frequently come back to bite us in the ass a few years later.
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    Re: Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    A perfect example of why we shouldn't be involved in Libya. Has our government learned nothing about supporting factions it knows nothing about? Even if the campaign is successful at deposing Qaddafi, success will be fleeting. The US government's track record of picking the "good guys" in foreign civil wars is horrendous; attempts to do so frequently come back to bite us in the ass a few years later.
    Exactly what I've been saying. You better be careful what you wish for. You break it, you ****ing buy it.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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