Libya's Stolen Revolution? (Islamists-Ntc)
The Weekly Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon) 2011, Sept 24, 141, 1270
The Weekly Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)
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The Libyan rebel victory over former leader Moammar Gaddafi has been overshadowed by broad concern over the course of the revolution. In an editorial in the Saudi owned pan-Arab daily ASHARQ AL AWSAT on August 28 titled, "What About the Jihadists?" the author points out that one of "the stars of the rebels," Abdel Hakim Belhaj, "is a former Mujahideen youth who made his mark in Afghanistan." He is also a former leader of the disbanded Libyan Fighting Group, Libya's largest Islamist group with historical ties to al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Egypt's al-Jihad organization. Belhaj is also "the commander of the Libyan rebel Tripoli Military Council" in charge of securing the country's capital, and oversees one of Libya's largest rebel forces. Alarmingly, for the first time since the revolution began, rebels have openly fought each other the weekend of September 10-11, leaving 12 dead and 16 wounded in Jebl Nafosa (see MER 12/9/2011). This clash was not the first time that Islamists have used violence for personal reasons. In July, General Abdel Fattah Younes, who once brutally suppressed Islamists in Libya and had just defected to the rebels, was assassinated by Islamist rebels accompanying the General from the front to Benghazi to meet with the National Transitional Council (NTC).
- Category: Reference
- Published: 24 September 2011
- Publisher: The Middle East Reporter
- Print Length: 5 Pages
- Language: English