Thursday, November 08, 2012

Mustafa Abdul-NATO

"Jalil, who charmed U.S., NATO and European leaders in the early days of the uprising, was a factor in the U.S. and NATO decision to intervene here. A judge and former justice minister under Gadhafi, he promised to bring stability and leadership once the rebels ended Gadhafi’s rule.
Younis’ death exposed deep-seated mistrust and division among the rebels. Those fractures continue today as various armed groups vie to control Libya.
Jalil famously announced Younis’ death before a body had been recovered, saying Gadhafi loyalists had killed Younis and two of his aides as they were returning to Benghazi from the town of Brega to face questions over “a military matter,” insinuating that Younis had been disloyal to the rebellion.
Younis, who publicly declared his break with Gadhafi just days after the rebel uprising began in February 2011, was considered a hero by some and a savior of the rebels’ flailing military effort. Others thought he was an untrustworthy defector who couldn’t break ties with Gadhafi that easily." (thanks Abdallah)