Friday, July 29, 2011
Libya Gets More Complicated As Rebels Begin Fighting Among Themselves
Libyan rebel leader Abdel Fattah Younes, a defector from Khaddaffi's inner circle was assassinated by members of an allied militia today. Younes was Khaddaffi's former Interior Minister but defected to become the military chief in the rebel Transitional National Council.
Rebel minister Ali Tarhouni told reporters in Benghazi that a militia leader who had gone to fetch Younes from the front line had been arrested and had confessed that his men had carried out the killing, while another unnamed rebel commander said Islamists may have been to blame.
The war itself is pretty much stalemated, and not likely to end anytime soon, especially with the rebels fighting among themselves.
The United States, which has formally recognized the Transitional National Council, said Younes's death was a blow but called for solidarity among the rebels.
"What's important is that they work both diligently and transparently to ensure the unity of the Libyan opposition," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in Washington.
Yes, that's the sort of messy,ongoing situation we're involved with.At a cost of millions per day.