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)
As early as March 2011 there were reports that as many as 1,000 Al-Qaeda members had infiltrated the rebel forces in Libya.
But the Obama Administration chose to arm these rebels. One year later US Ambassador Chris Stevens was murdered by Al-Qaeda rebels in Libya. Eurasia Review reported: