U.S.: Gadhafi could return to ‘terrorism and violent extremism’

The United States is concerned that Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi could return to terrorism and violent extremism if he succeeds in the battle against insurgents, Undersecretary of State William Burns said on Thursday.

“If Gadhafi is successful, you also face a number of other considerable risks as well,” Burns told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. These included “the danger of him returning to terrorism and violent extremism,” he said, adding that there was “a real danger of increasing violence and turmoil” in the Middle East.

Burns’ statement comes as the situation in Libya appears to continue to deteriorate, with Gadhafi forces appearing to be closing in on rebel-held strongholds.

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