There are various factions that make up the Libyan opposition: Royalists, defectors from the Qadhafi regime, members of the Libyan Armed Forces, the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL), the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition (NCLO) which acts as an umbrella organization.Rarely acknowledged by the mainstream media, Al-Jamaa al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi Libya, the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) is an integral part of the Libyan Opposition. The LIFG, which is part of al Qaeda, according to reports, is in the front lines of the armed insurrection. The LIFG is categorized by the UN Security Council as terrorists. In a cruel twist of irony The United States and the Allies are in violation of their own anti-terrorism laws and policies, while being simultaneously aligned with al Qaeda in the form of the LIFG in Libya and fighting a war against them elsewhere across the globe. There are even indications that the CIA and MI6 may have provided support to the LIFG in years past. The anti-terrorism policy of the US seriously needs to get a second and even a third look. We needed to do something to keep the innocent civilians from being slaughtered, but we are now in the middle of a very complicated mess. It is ridiculous to be helping the LIFG out after knowing they are part of al Qaeda.