been a while since i checked on events in libya. so, how are
the rebel alliance those democracy-loving freedom fighters doing in libya, anyway?:
“The top rebel military commander in Libya was killed yesterday [july 28th], and members of his tribe greeted the announcement with gunfire and angry threats. The violent outburst stirred fears that a tribal feud could divide the forces struggling to topple the Libyan dictator, Moammar Khadafy.
“The leader of the rebels’ provisional government, Mustapha Abdul Jalil, announced yesterday evening that assassins killed the commander, General Abdul Fattah Younes, and two other officers. But he provided few details.
“Younes, a former officer and Cabinet member in the Khadafy government, had long been a contentious figure among the rebels, some of whom doubted his loyalty. He had been summoned to Benghazi for questioning by a panel of judges, and members of his tribe – the Obeidi, one of the largest tribes in the east – evidently blamed the rebel leadership for having some role in the general’s death.
“The specter of a violent tribal conflict within the rebel ranks touches on a central fear of the Western nations backing the Libyan insurrection: that the rebels’ democratic goals could give way to a tribal civil war over Libya’s oil resources….”
see also: “Assassination of Libya’s rebel military leader brings tribal divisions to forefront” – “The murky death of Gen. Abdul Fateh Younes, who led Libya’s rebel forces, has called into question rebels’ ability to transcend tribal divisions and their credibility to lead a democratic transition.”
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