Libyan rebels reject al-Qaeda label

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Libyan rebels reject al-Qaeda label

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The Libyan rebels fighting to overthrow the Gaddafi regime are keen to dispel suggestions that there is an al-Qaeda presence amongst them.

Earlier this week, NATO commander and US Admiral James Stavridis said there were “flickers” of intelligence linking them with the terrorist group. Colonel Gaddafi has also accused them of connections with extremists in an attempt to dissuade western support for their cause.

Our correspondent Mustafa Bag reported from Benghazi’s Liberation Square.

He said: “One of the city’s top clerics led Friday prayers, telling the crowd the people here are not members of al-Qaeda.”

After the service, a number of worshippers waved French and British flags to thank them for their attacks on Gaddafi.