Who Are These Libyan Rebels?

(Globe and Mail-Canada) Lysiane Gagnon - Who are these Libyan rebels whom the Western powers are helping with their air raids? In late 2009, a Canadian intelligence report called the anti-Gaddafi stronghold of eastern Libya an "epicenter of Islamist extremism." The Transitional National Council, the group formed by the anti-Gaddafi rebels during the uprising, is chaired by Mustafa Abdul Jalil, a former justice minister in Gaddafi's government. The appellate court of which he had been president twice confirmed the death penalty for five Bulgarian nurses who had been arrested in 1999 on the ludicrous charge of contaminating Libyan children with the AIDS virus. Abdul Fatah Younis, a senior military commander of the insurgency, is a former interior and public security minister, responsible for the system of torture set up by the Gaddafi regime.

2011-04-05 00:00:00

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