It looks like NATO may have just kicked out Gaddafi and turned Tripoli over to the Libyan wing of Al Qaeda:
Members of the Al Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group — LIFG, are in control of the former strongholds of Muammar Qaddafi captured by Libyan rebels last Sunday, Aug. 21, DEBKAfile reports from sources in Libya. They are fighting under the command of Abd Al-Hakim Belhadj, an al Qaeda veteran from Afghanistan whom the CIA captured in Malaysia in 2003 and extradited six years later to Libya where Qaddafi held him in prison.
Belhadj is on record as rejecting any political form of coexistence with the Crusaders excepting jihad.
The LIFG chief now styles himself “Commander of the Tripoli Military Council.” Asked by our sources whether they plan to hand control of the Libyan capital to the National Transitional Council, which has been recognized in the West, the jihadi fighters made a gesture of dismissal without answering.
US intelligence sources in Tripoli see no sign that the NTC will be able to persuade the Islamist brigades to relinquish control of the city in the near future — or even lay down arms.
We’ll see how this plays out, but my bet is that it doesn’t end without more bloodshed. And wasn’t this whole operation supposed to be about preventing atrocities against civilians?