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Libyan top rebel commander killed, backlash feared focus 07/30/2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Libyan top rebel commander killed, backlash feared

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07/30/2011
BENGHAZI — Gen. Abdel Fatah Younes, commander of forces fighting to oust Moamer Kadhafi and once the Libyan strongman’s right-hand man, has been killed, sparking fears of a violent backlash.

Younes was shot dead by an armed gang after he was summoned from the front by the rebel National Transitional Council “for questioning over military issues,” NTC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil said late Thursday.

His killing, and that of two military officers, is seen as a sign of divisions within the ranks of the rebels in eastern Libya even as they make fresh advances in the west in a pre-Ramadan push to drive Kadhafi out.

“With all sadness, I inform you of the passing of Abdel Fatah Younes, the commander-in-chief of our rebel forces,” Abdel Jalil said in a carefully worded statement at a press conference in Benghazi, the rebels’ eastern capital..... MORE

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