Skip to comments.Tripoli military chief says militias must pull out
Posted on 10/03/2011 10:33:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The military commander of Tripoli, a key figure in the revolution that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, called on other militias to pull their weapons out of Tripoli, accusing them of terrorizing the city's population.
The remarks by Abdulhakim Belhadj, whose Tripoli Military Council claims a mandate from Libya's new rulers, follow rising concern about potential conflict among armed groups that converged on Tripoli to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi and have stayed on to demand stakes in a future government.
They also follow the announcement a day earlier of another group that it would collect weapons and provide security in the name of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC).
That group, the Tripoli Revolutionists Council, said it was cooperating with Belhadj's group, but accused it of carrying out arbitrary raids in the capital.
"The sense of safety is turning into terror," Belhadj told reporters in the capital. "All who care about the security and stability of Tripoli need to work with us to bring it back. We need to end the presence of heavy weapons and keep them from proliferating, except among authorized parties."
His deputy, Al-Mahdi Al-Harati, said there was no lawful alternative to his group's presence in Tripoli.
"Whoever doesn't recognize the legitimacy of the (military) council doesn't recognize the legitimacy of the national council," he said.
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Who will be the next dictator of Libya?
Here we go again.
The rivals refused, but offered a reacharound instead.
“The rivals refused, but offered a reacharound instead.”
I read that 3 times and still I am not sure what I just read.
The remarks by Abdulhakim Belhadj, whose Tripoli Military Council claims a mandate from Libya’s new rulers
I just knew somebody would come up with something based on that headline........
Mahdi al Harati was involved in the Gaza Flotilla thing, on the boat whose occupants, a mix of islamists and lefties, attacked the Israelis as the boarded the vessel looking for weapons.
Note: this topic is from 10/03/2011. Thanks piasa for that update, which makes this re-ping-worthy.