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Libyan rebel military leader killed - [Death by Committee?]
Al-Jazeera ^ | July 28, 2011 | Al-Jazeera

Posted on 07/28/2011 2:32:31 PM PDT by Beaten Valve

The head of the Libyan rebel's armed forces and two of his aides were killed by gunmen Thursday, the head of the rebel leadership said.

The death of Abdel Fattah Younes was announced at a press conference in the de facto rebel capital, Benghazi, by the head of the rebels' National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil. He told reporters that rebel security had arrested the head of the group behind the killing.

Rebel security had arrested Younes and two of his aides early on Thursday from their operations room near the rebels' eastern front. Security officials said at the time that Younes was to be questioned about suspicions his family still had ties to Moammar Gaddafi's regime.

Younes was Gaddafi's interior minister before defecting to the rebels early in the uprising, which began in February.

Abdul Jalil said that Younes had been summoned for questioning regarding "a military matter." He said Younes and his two aides were shot before they arrived for questioning.

Abdel-Jalil called Younes "one of the heroes of the 17th of February revolution," a name marking the date of early protests against Gaddafi's regime.

While he criticised Gaddafi for seeking to break the unity of rebel forces, he did not say directly that Younes' killers were associated with the regime. Instead, he issued a stiff warning about "armed groups" in rebel-held cities, saying they needed to join the fight against Gaddafi or risk being arrested by security forces.

There were reports of gunfire outside the hotel in Benghazi following the press conference.

(Excerpt) Read more at english.aljazeera.net ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 20110217; abdelfattahyounes; abdelyounes; libya; qadaffi; rebels; war; younes
I believe that he was a member of "Team Obama", correct?
1 posted on 07/28/2011 2:32:34 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve

Out of the way and a martyr at the same time,
can you beat that!


2 posted on 07/28/2011 2:36:00 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Beaten Valve

Probably an al-Qaeda hit. They`re going to move to solidify their position at some.. looks like it`s underway.


3 posted on 07/28/2011 2:37:01 PM PDT by ScottinVA (As a party that gives Obama what he wants, what again is the GOP`s 2012 selling point?)
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To: Beaten Valve

TWITTER:

Loyalists told me gen younes was executed by a group of rebels while facing the committee

http://twitter.com/#!/jenanmoussa


4 posted on 07/28/2011 2:37:40 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: ScottinVA

at some = at some time


5 posted on 07/28/2011 2:38:57 PM PDT by ScottinVA (As a party that gives Obama what he wants, what again is the GOP`s 2012 selling point?)
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To: Beaten Valve
Abdel-Jalil called Younes "one of the heroes of the 17th of February revolution," a name marking the date of early protests Al Qaeda attacks against Gaddafi's regime.

Fixed.

Libyan Islamists seize arms, take hostages (February 21, 2011)

6 posted on 07/28/2011 2:42:08 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Beaten Valve
Note to self: Send a thank you note to the Transitional Council.


7 posted on 07/28/2011 2:44:16 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Beaten Valve

Kaddafy promised to pay four million dollars to whomever killed him.


8 posted on 07/28/2011 2:46:09 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Beaten Valve

I bet he was killed by his own side for some reason and he gets to be a martyr too


9 posted on 07/28/2011 2:54:47 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: ScottinVA
Younes-Heftir rivalry? - July 28, 2011 - Younes was never enthusiastically embraced by Libyans in the east, and that made him vulnerable to a challenge. Heftir, despite having left for exile in 1987, was warmly welcomed when he returned in March. Heftir had led troops during Libya's war with Chad in the 1980s, after which he switched sides to join the long-simmering anti-Gaddafi movement. Hefter settled in the United States, in Virginia, five miles from the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency. For roughly two decades, he was involved in coordinating the Libyan opposition in exile. Heftir’s return to east Libya was greeted happily by rebels who felt he could bring leadership to opposition forces mired in the desert west of Benghazi.

Video clips posted to opposition Facebook and YouTube pages showed Heftir touring the front lines, much as Younes had after his appointment, looking very much the general. Heftir briefly appeared to replace Younes as the commander of the rebel forces. In late March, a spokesman for the rebel military announced as much in a press conference. In late April, El-Siddik Heftir, the general's son, told Al Jazeera that his father was responsible for commanding rebel troops in the field, while Younes served as chief of staff back at headquarters. Omar Hariri, defence minister at the time, represented the military before the NTC, he said.

El-Siddik, who had returned to Benghazi to serve as an aide to his father, said the three men worked together as a kind of military council and made decisions collectively. Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the chairman of the NTC - and the man who sources said issued a warrant for Younes’s arrest on Thursday - was a figurehead and commander in chief only in name, Heftir said.

10 posted on 07/28/2011 3:03:22 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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Thanks Beaten Valve.
Younes was Gaddafi's interior minister
The minister in charge of school hot lunch programs wasn't available, so the rebels put the next best thing in charge.


11 posted on 07/28/2011 4:13:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Muammar Gaddafi's trusted adviser who turned against him in Benghazi and led the uprising

Abdel Fatah Younis
Head of the rebel forces, Abdel Fattah Younes attends a news conference in Benghazi, April 6, 2011 [Photo: Reuters ]

Libyan Rebels Say Military Chief Shot Dead

12 posted on 07/28/2011 4:16:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Separated at birth?


13 posted on 07/28/2011 4:28:20 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation

ROFLMAO


14 posted on 07/28/2011 5:06:29 PM PDT by SanFranDan
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