Libyan FM: US Using Al-Qaeda

Moussa Koussa, Libya's Foreign Minister, has accused the US of sending inmates from Guantanamo to fight against the ruling regime.

Aryeh Ben Hayim , | updated: 18:13

Al Qaeda detainees arrive at Guantanamo
Al Qaeda detainees arrive at Guantanamo

Perhaps in response to charges by insurgents that government forces were increasingly relying on mercenaries, Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa charged the United States and Britain Monday with playing "divide and conquer" with his country. If one was to believe Koussa, the Americans have released 300 Al Qaeda terrorists incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay to back the rebel forces fighting Muammar Qaddafi's regime.

The government also scoffed at rebel claims that Qaddafi was seeking an escape route that would protect his immediate family and salvage some of his holdings outside the country. The rebels claim that they rejected out of hand feelers Qaddafi had sent out in this matter, because they believed that Qaddafi had to pay for his crimes. Qaddafi's son, Saadi, claimed that his father was holding out for strictly patriotic reasons, because if he departed, the country would descend into chaos.

According to NBC, oil is becoming a major factor in the internal Libyan struggle. The government has all the fuel it needs but the rebels may be out of oil within a week. This makes the struggle over the oil terminals crucial.

The government has warplanes while rebel movement relies on pick-up trucks – hardly a fair duel. Should the insurgents lose even this mobility, they will be in sorry condition.

In addition to pressing their request for a no-fly zone so that they could be only fighting ground forces,  the rebel forces are attempting to obtain access to oil from Italian refineries.