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Topic - James Bevan
The Obama administration and other Western governments ignored early warnings about small arms and explosives being smuggled out of Libya — weapons that now have fallen into the hands of al Qaeda-linked militants waging war across North Africa.
"Earlier Tuareg rebellions [in Mali] suffered from the fact that the rebels didn't have heavy weapons," said Mr. Bevan. "The impact of the collapse of the regime in Libya was that there was now a flood of weapons available to the rebels."
"That was primarily because a lot of Tuaregs were in service with the Libyan regime, and with the collapse of the regime their position became untenable, and they chose to leave heavily armed."