Skip to comments.Libyan rebels' military chief shot dead
Posted on 07/28/2011 2:56:17 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
A May 2011 file photo of General Abdel-Fattah Younis, the senior military officer leading rebel forces against Muammar Qaddafi. A former interior minister and head of Special Forces, Younis was considered a key supporter of Qaddafi before defecting
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 Younis 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 Younis and two of his aides early Thursday from their operations room near the rebels' eastern front.
Security officials said at the time that Younis was to be questioned about suspicions his family still had ties to Muammar Qadaffi's regime.
Younis was Qadaffi's interior minister before defecting to the rebels early in the uprising, which began in February.
Abdel-Jalil said that Younis had been summoned for questioning regarding "a military matter." He said Younis and his two aides were shot before they arrived for questioning.
Abdel-Jalil called Younis "one of the heroes of the 17th of February revolution," a name marking the date of early protests against Qadaffi's regime.
While he criticized Qadaffi for seeking to break the unity of rebel forces, he did not say directly that Younis' 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 Qadaffi or risk being arrested by security forces.
Younis defected to the rebel side in February, but rumors have spread that he has engaged in secret talks with the Qaddafi regime.
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This is the guy the government claimed had agreed to let Qadaffi remain in the country, so odds are it was the rebels.
Could this article possibly have been more poorly written?
They must have run out of qualified journalists and editors at the AP, huh...
1. Why the F**k are we and almost defunct Nato intervening in a civil war in Libya?
2. Where is Tunsia that started the uprising? Who is in charge there and what are their intentions? Do we have any national interests?
3. Who is currently in control of Egypt? Who are the strongest political parties that will guide Egypt? Muslim Brotherhood or who? What are our National Interests other than supporting Israel?
4. What is Syria's deal? Is the King falling? Are the Islamists gaining ground?
5. Why is Yemen a hotspot? And how will it affect the westernized cities of Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi?
6. What is Israel's position on all this turmoil? And what do you think she will do about it???
7. Most importantly, and most hard to answer with Obambi as CIC, what is the level of America's support for Israel?
We're about to enter Week 19.
I can’t imagine Israel is happy about us helping these rebels.
Well, that didn’t take as long as I’d thought.
I can only answer #1.
Because Bummer is president.
There was a rumor Muammar Qaddafi was planning to put his country on the Gold standard and reject dollars for oil payments.
And we can't have that... [sarcasm alert]
Yep. Abut 20 years ago.
Sound like there are job openings in Libya. Hey, they're doing better than obama is here at home!
8. Where is the “Anti-War” Left, and why are they not PROTESTING our nation’s involvement in this matter?
Best thing that could happen to the movement. Ghaddafi continues his effort to stop bo’s muzzie bros.
What a straneg, bizzare, effing time we live in...
Did you ever, EVER, in your life, for one moment, EVER think you’d find yourself in the incredibly bizarre position of publically voicing support for Moammar-frigging-KADDAFI over a rebellion????
It really just boggles the mind...boggles almost as much as Marines saluting the POS who calls himself the CinC...
I want my country back...seriously...
Did you ever, EVER, in your life, for one moment, EVER think youd find yourself in the incredibly bizarre position of publically voicing support for Moammar-frigging-KADDAFI over a rebellion????
I never thought I’d see the U.S. bomb and invade a friendly nation for fighting an invasion of Mohammedan terrorists. After what we did to Serbia nothing is surprising.
We are lifting the hemlock to our own lips.
You got that right...
Serbia was a majority Christian nation.
Did anyone tell Mrs. Clinton this news?
“I never thought Id see the U.S. bomb and invade a friendly nation for fighting an invasion of Mohammedan terrorists. After what we did to Serbia nothing is surprising.”
Absolutely, and look how the muslims have shown their gratitude—mass murdering of innocent civilians, children, anything not muslim is a target for these animals.
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