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Saturday, August 27, 2011

More on Libyan Commander Belhadj

Who are the rebels?
Posted by David Manning on August 27, 2011, 2:42 pm

A few links..

The man introduced 2 journos yday as head of rebels' Tripoli military council is Abdelkarim Belhaj, ex emir of Libyan Islamic Fighting Group

The group's leader Abdel Hakim Belhadj, widely known by the nom de guerre of Abu Abdallah Assadaq, said in a letter published in a newspaper on Thursday that his group and the government had built trust in their two years of dialogue.

"More than two years of talks have created trust so that the dialogue could bear fruit," he said in the letter printed in the daily Oea, which is close to Saif al Islam.

LIFG staged bloody battles in city streets and the mountains in the 1990s, killing dozens of soldiers and policemen, as part of its attempts to overthrow Gaddafi.

According to Libyan political and security sources, al Qaeda had been courting LIFG to join its North Africa wing but most of the group's leadership opposed al Qaeda's global strategy and believed it was unlikely bring about any change in Libya.

According to Escobar, Abdelhakim Belhadj, who commanded a military offensive in Libya over the weekend, has become the de facto commander of the Tripoli armed forces. Belhadj has also, says Escobar, was trained in Afghanistan by a
“very hardcore Islamist Libyan group.”

  • Escobar says that Taliban-linked sources overseas have confirmed Belhadj as the new commander.
  • In the aftermath of 9/11, the CIA began tracking Belhadj, who was eventually captured in Malaysia in 2003.
  • Escobar says that he was then tortured in Bangkok before being transferred back to Libya and imprisoned.
  • He made a deal that allowed for his release in 2009 and as of this week is the military commander of Tripoli.

Re: Who are the rebels? - Hidari Yesterday, 5:23 pm
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