Libya's Ragtag Rebels Are Dubious Allies

(Independent-UK) Patrick Cockburn - Members of the Libyan rebels' Transitional National Council (TNC) in Benghazi last month detained their military leader, Gen. Abdel Fatah Younes, on suspicion of treachery, lured him away from his bodyguards and murdered him. This week the head of the TNC, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, sacked his whole government on the grounds that some were complicit in the killing. He was apparently forced to do so in order to quell the rage of the powerful Obeidi tribe to which Younes belonged. At the very moment the rebel leaders are at each other's throats, they are being recognized by country after country as the legitimate government of Libya. If this is how the rebels behave today, when it is much in their interests to make a show of unity, how will they act once they are installed in power in Tripoli?

2011-08-12 00:00:00

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