Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Libyan Rebel Military Commander Is An Al Qaeda Commander

Tripoli Divided As Rebels Jostle Over Leadership -- New York Times

TRIPOLI, Libya — Fighters from the western mountain city of Zintan control the airport. The fighters from Misurata guard the central bank, the port and the prime minister’s office, where their graffiti has relabeled the historic plaza “Misurata Square.” Berbers from the mountain town Yafran took charge of the city’s central square, where they spray-painted “Yafran Revolutionaries.”

A week after rebels broke into Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s former stronghold, much of its territory remains divided into fiefs, each controlled by quasi-independent brigades representing different geographic areas of the country. And the spray paint they use to mark their territory tells the story of a looming leadership crisis in the capital, Tripoli.

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More News On Who Is In Command Of Libya's Rebel Movement

From Terror Group Founder to Libyan Rebel Military Commander -- ABC News
Ex-jihadists in the new Libya -- Foreign Policy
Libyan power vacuum could lead to nightmare scenarios -- Deutsche Welle
Mshari al-Zaydi: What about the Jihadists in Libya? -- Al Arabiya News
Islamists at heart of rebellion temper aims with new pragmatism -- Independent
How al-Qaeda got to rule in Tripoli -- Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
Profile Of AbdelHakim Belhaj: Head Of Military In Tripoli And Former LIFG Amir – Analysis -- Eurasia Review

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