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Hillary Clinton sa onsdag at stadig mer indikerer at det var al Qaida som sto bak angrepet på konsultatet i Benghazi der ambassadør Christopher Stevens og tre andre amerikanere ble drept. Det er konsistent med hva libyske vitner hele tiden har hevdet: angriperne var mange og svært tungt væpnet.

Clinton sa dette etter et møte i en spesialkomite i FN som så på den forverrede sikkerheten i Sahel-beltet. Med på møtet var Francois Holland, og det er tydelig at Frankrike har større grunn til bekymring enn noe annet vestlig land.

Mrs. Clinton made her remarks at a special United Nations meeting on the political and security crisis in the parts of North Africa known as the Maghreb and the Sahel, particularly in northern Mali, which has been overrun by Islamic extremists since a military coup helped lead to the division of that country this year.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has long operated in the region, she said, and was now exploiting a haven in Mali to export extremism and terrorist violence to neighbors like Libya.

“Now with a larger safe haven and increased freedom to maneuver, terrorists are seeking to extend their reach and their networks in multiple directions,” Mrs. Clinton told leaders assembled at the meeting, including President François Hollande of France and the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon. “And they are working with other violent extremists to undermine the democratic transitions under way in North Africa, as we tragically saw in Benghazi.”

Det er bare uker siden Obama-administrasjonen sa at al Qaida var så godt som knekt. Nå sier Clinton at ekstreme grupper forsøker å kapre den arabiske revolusjon. En ikke spesielt overbevisende helomvending.

På møtet ble det også diskutert en mulig militær intervensjon i Mali.

Mr. Ban called the meeting to lay the groundwork for a possible international military intervention — to be led by African troops — to help the new military government in Mali re-establish control over a part of the country that Mr. Hollande noted was the size of France and is now under the grip of Islamist extremists imposing their vision of law and order.

“We cannot stand by and allow terrorists to take over an entire territory,” Mr. Hollande said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/world/africa/clinton-cites-clear-link-between-al-qaeda-and-attack-in-libya.html?_r=1&hp