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US expected backlash to arrest of al-Qaeda suspect in Libya

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US expected backlash to arrest of al-Qaeda suspect in Libya

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Reaction to the US special forces arrest of al-Liby has been swift with people taking to the streets to condemn Libyan government collusion with the United States.

After the weekend raid to detain al-Liby,a suspected al-Qaeda operative wanted for his alleged involvement in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa, militant groups took to social networking sites to call for revenge attacks on strategic targets including gas pipelines and shipping.

US military have bolstered their presence in Sigonella, Italy in order to be able to react to any backlash to the arrest of al-Liby.

New York based Human Rights Watch urged Washington to charge al-Liby before a judge and give him access to a lawyer in accordance with international law.

He is currently held on a US Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea.