Doctors in Brega, Libya show identity card of a slain pro-Gaddafi fighter they say was a Tuareg from Niger
AGADEZ - “We’re here, and everything’s fine. They gave us weapons in Tripoli, and for now we have to stick to Sabaha (in southern Libya). But we’ll be on the frontlines soon….Long live Gaddafi!”
That Tuaregs from Niger have been recruited as mercenaries for the Libyan regime is Agadez’s worst kept secret. But it is hard to meet a volunteer who’ll speak openly about it -- and impossible to know just how many have taken Muammar Gaddafi’s side since the beginning of the Libyan crisis.
- Nigerien Tuaregs in Libya, with full access to Gaddafi’s inner circle, have activated networks.
- “Rhissa Boula and Aghali Alambo (two former rebel leaders) contacted a number of people,” Maha adds.
- One young man, Houcene, hasn’t made up his mind about going to Tripoli. “A friend called me,” he says. “They promised up to $100 a day. It’s tempting, but I don’t really want to fight for a foreign country, even if it’s Libya.” One of his friends went. “He left with about 60 others from the Tahoua region.
- Once in Tripoli, thanks to the old commanders’ connections, Libya gave them weapons. They formed small units and now they’re in Benghazi (the opposition stronghold) to take the city.”