CAIRO (AP) — An al-Qaida commander who escaped a U.S. prison has urged Libyans to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi's regime and establish Islamic rule.
Abu Yahia al-Libi says in a video posted on a militant website that after the fall of the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, it is now Gadhafi's turn. A transcript of the video was provided Sunday by SITE Intel, a U.S. group that monitors militant messages.The authenticity of the 31-minute video posted on militant websites late Saturday could not be verified.
Gadhafi has accused the protesters and rebels seeking to end his longtime rule of being tools of al-Qaida. The rebels have no known links to the terrorist organization.
Al-Libi escaped from Afghanistan's Bagram prison in 2005. His nickname Al-Libi is Arabic for Libyan.
The rebels opposing Muammar al-Qaddafi's regime have retreated after government-led forces take control of the oil town of Brega.
Fox News Reporter Leland Vittert reports live from Benghazi, and says that the rebels can't be counted on "to hold any defensive positions."