Terrific- Experts Estimate There Are Only 1,000 Rebel Fighters in Libya… And 1,000 Fighters Are Jihadists

What do you want first?… The bad news or the bad news?

Rebels guard the front line on the road between Ajdabiyah and Brega as forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi threatened to push them further away from strategic oil refineries in eastern Libya March 31, 2011. (REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly)

CNN’s Jon Lee Anderson gave Eliot Spitzer some bad news yesterday. According to Anderson there are only 1,000 rebels fighting Gaddafi forces in Libya.

During “In the Arena,” Jon Lee Anderson, staff writer for The New Yorker reporting from Benghazi, Libya, tells Eliot Spitzer that the number of opposition fighters on the front lines are fewer than anyone would think and that they are poorly armed and badly trained. Anderson says, “Effective number of fighting men, well under 1,000. Actual soldiers, who are now in the fight, possibly in the very low hundreds on the opposition side.”

Earlier it was reported that there were 1,000 Al-Qaeda members in the rebel ranks.

Former jihadist Noman Benotman, who renounced his al Qaeda affiliation in 2000, said in an interview that he estimates 1,000 jihadists are in Libya…

…Outside observers generally estimate the number of trained Libyan fighters to be about 1,000.

That’s weird. So if there are only 1,000 rebel fighters in Libya and there are 1,000 members of Al-Qaeda fighting with the rebels in Libya, then wouldn’t that mean that the rebels are 100% jihadists?

And, the Obama Administration wants to arm them?
Now does that sound like smart power to you?

Not to worry… There are at least 200 more Al-Qaeda fighters on their way to Libya from Afghanistan.

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  • NeoKong

    Good…let them kill each other for a while.

  • bg
  • Chisum

    There are at least 200 more Al-Qaeda fighters on their way to Libya from Afghanistan.

    Ah, more jobs created.

  • bg


    hah, and i thought i sucked at math, go fig.. /s/


  • Carlos

    Nothing to see here. I’m sure that it all fits in with Hussein’s master plan.

  • ebayer

    “There are at least 200 more Al-Qaeda fighters on their way to Libya from Afghanistan.”

    Good…best news I’ve heard in years.
    That’s 200 less that our troops have to deal with.Let them kill each other.If this keeps up,maybe we’ll be able to finally pull out.

  • squeaky

    “Ah, more jobs created.” and high turn over rates at that. never getting beyond entry level…..

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    if we arm them in libya they can take the arms back to iraq and afghanistan to fight us there.

  • JoeyO

    Don’t worry, our non-existent boots on the ground are about to have a meet and greet in this, the Getting To Know You phase of the week-plus long Non-War we led at the request of the rest of the world before we turned over command to our generals in the blue hats. I’m sure we will now be able to negotiate with Al-qaeda into a situation where the (apparently non-existent) Secular Muslim Teachers and Lawyers who just want democracy will be the only ones to get the advanced weaponry we are itching to supply in our effort to not overthrow Gaddafi, but merely protect people who might have possibly been killed sometime in the unknown future…

    Gotta love Democrats!

  • Granny

    And this fiasco is costing the US taxpayer $100 Million – that is One Hundred Million Dollars each and every day before we arm our enemies!

  • Hedgehog

    they are quibbling over pocket change in Congress while we are seeing treason committed before our very eyes. When will people wake up?

  • http://redc1c4.livejournal.com/ redc1c4

    from the wild variations in the “facts” being reported by the MFM, the only thing that is clear is that they, and Ear Leader, are pulling all of this out of their fourth point of contact, and none of them have even the vaguest clue what is actually occurring over there…

    as usual, i might add.

  • JoeBravo

    If there were a 1,000 “individuals” in the Southern region of the United States (Texas or Arizona) fighting against forces that are loyal to the Laws of the United States of America, would these “Individuals” then be qualified as “Rebel Fighters”? And, would these “Rebel Fighters” then expect to receive protection from the any of the international organizations?

  • BuddyG

    al Qaeda’s joining the fray?

    Well then, at least there’s diversity.

  • bg


    Hedgehog #11

    re: [When will people wake up?]

    why, i mean, we’re 10 times more knowledgeable than any Muslim in the
    ME/A in our sleep.. /singing nah-nah-nah-nah as i exist the sandbox, uh,
    i mean, play station, sarc/

    Obama should have been ousted before Qaddafi, ergo, i hope & pray
    he’s next.. but i won’t be holding my breath, i mean, we’re “freedom
    & democracy” country, and he was elected.. pffffffff!!


  • Ryan

    The Enemy (9/11 American Killers) of my Enemy (Ghadafi)….is now Friends with the P. BO Admiistration! GROUP HUG EVERYONE WE NOW HAVE PEACE!

  • kansas

    Is consistent with Iran and Egypt. Obama supports the Islamists.

  • bg


    OT.. yeah right..

    Chavez Embraces Gaddafi and Tehran

    whatever, i mean, CNN EXPERTS tell US
    there are a thousand AQ soldiers in Libya..

    btw: absolute peace has broken out around the globe.. /s/

    but not to worry, the Messiah has spoken, there will be no regime change
    in Libya
    , no no no.. hmmm, Clinton said the samo samo about Saddam, aah,
    go figure..


  • Dave-O

    I’d be willing to bet that Khaddafi has more popular support amongst the citizens of Libya than Zippy has amongst the citizens (note I said “citizens”) of this country.

  • whatif

    How long until the arms & munitions Obama wants to give to these Al-Qaida radicals show up in Afghanistan or Iraq and is used to kill American soldiers?