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  •  The TNC controlled militias performed very (1+ / 0-)
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    poorly in the eastern sections. Just look to Brega and Ras Lanuf. The western based militias performed much better and they know it.

    Jalil has already had to dismiss his entire cabinet after the assassination of Younes.

    You will want to watch this one unfold. Take note that the meeting occurred in Zawiyah and not Tripoli. Right now everything is very diplomatic - until Gaddafi is finally overthrown and NATO's firepower is no longer required.

    A familiar face emerges to lead Libya's new army

    It was unclear how Hifter would reconcile his force with the thousands of Libyans who picked up weapons to depose the dictator.

    "The Tripoli Military Council is responsible for security here until a national army is set up," said Anis al Sharif, Belhaj's spokesman.

    Sharif said Belhaj's position had been confirmed on Tuesday during a meeting with Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of the rebel National Transitional Council and the country's de facto head of state.

    But Hifter said his appointment supersedes Belhaj's position.

    "Now we will rebuild the army," Hifter said. "We are responsible for the entire country. Belhaj is in charge of the revolutionaries in Tripoli."

    Here's some info on Hifter/Haftar. Take note of date.

    http://www.twf.org/...
    Libya: Who's Terrorizing Whom

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 1996 -- Today, the Washington Post reported unrest in Libya which the Libyans believe is led by a Col. Khalifa Haftar based in the U.S. On May 17, 1991 the Washington Times reported that three hundred and fifty Libyans would arrive soon in the United States. So what's the connection?

    It turns out that the Libyans who arrived in the U.S. in 1991 were not the Libyan President Ghaddafi's terrorists. They were our folks, trained by our CIA. These terrorists, which our government (ever mindful of our sensitivities) prefers to call guerillas, were trained by our CIA to topple President Ghaddafi. Last December 1990 when a new government less sympathetic to our mission was formed in Chad, we tried to find another home for our folks. It seemed that no one wanted our recruits, and so they were flown to the United States from Kenya where they were being temporarily housed. Col. Haftar was part of this group.

    Col. Haftar is now reported to be the leader of a contra-style group based in the U.S. called the Libyan National Army. This group is supported by the U.S., and has been given training facilities in the U.S. It's a good presumption that Col. Haftar's group operates in Libya with the blessings of our government.

    The question is, "Is Libya terrorizing the U.S., or is the U.S. terrorizing Libya?

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    Calling the rebels "freedom fighters" is apropos....

    •  More information on Hifter/Haftar (0+ / 0-)
      http://www.unhcr.org/...
      Title     Libya: The Djava Khalifa Haftar movement, whose founding leader is reportedly a soldier named Khalifah Haftar, who currently in exile in the United States (May 2006)
      Publisher     Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
      Country     Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
      Publication Date     9 May 2006

      In March 2001, Le Monde diplomatique published a chapter of the book Manipulations africaines, in which the author indicated that [translation] "the Haftar force, created and financed by the CIA in Chad, vanished into thin air with the help of the CIA shortly after the Hissène Habré government was overthrown [in 1990 (IRIN 19 Apr. 2006)] by Idriss Déby" (see also The Washington Post 26 Mar. 1996). A report published by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on the Web site of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) notes that in 1996 the main opposition group in Libya was the Libyan National Salvation Front (LNSF), founded in 1981 and headed by Muhammad Al-Muqaryif (CRS 19 Dec. 1996). Its military wing is known as the Libyan National Army and is headed by Colonel Haftar (ibid.; see also The Washington Post 26 Mar. 1996).

      The same report indicates that Colonel Haftar joined the LNSF in March 1987 after he was captured in the Chadian war; his goal was to create an army to fight against the Libyan authorities (ibid.). The Washington Post reported on 26 March 1996 that, according to some sources, Colonel Haftar was the leader of the Libyan National Army, a group of counter-revolutionaries supported and trained by the United States and operating in Libya. According to the sources cited in the article, anti-government uprisings in Libya were led by Colonel Haftar from the United States (The Washington Post 26 Mar. 1996; see also CSR 19 Dec. 1996). A CRS report states that the United States was providing financial and military aid to the LNSF at that time and that a number of LNSF members were living in exile in the United States (ibid., see also The Washington Post 26 Mar. 1996). An article on the Daily Nation Web site at nationmedia.com reports that the American authorities permitted the "Haftar forces" to stay in Kenya before welcoming them to the United States (1 Mar. 1999). The "Haftar forces" had previously attempted to overthrow the Libyan government (Daily Nation 1 Mar. 1999)

      This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

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