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Rebel Leadership in Libya Shows Strain (NYTs)
Rebel Leadership in Libya Shows Strain
By KAREEM FAHIM
Published: April 3, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya With the rebels battlefield fortunes sagging, the three men in charge of the Libyan opposition forces were summoned late last week by the ad-hoc leadership of their movement to a series of meetings here in the rebel capital.

The rebel armys nominal leader, Abdul Fattah Younes, a former interior minister and friend of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi whom many rebel leaders distrusted, could offer little explanation for the recent military stumbles, two people with knowledge of the meetings said.

Making matters worse, the men could hardly stand one another. They included Khalifa Heftar, a former general who returned recently from exile in the United States and appointed himself as the rebel field commander, the movements leaders said, and Omar el-Hariri, a former political prisoner who occupied the largely ceremonial role of defense minister.

They behaved like children, said Fathi Baja, a political science professor who heads the rebel political committee.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/world/africa/04rebels...
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