Libya to integrate 50 000 rebels

2011-12-01 20:09

Tripoli - Libya's security forces will integrate 50 000 fighters who battled loyalists of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, the country's interim interior minister said on Thursday.

Fawzi Abdelali said the fighters from all of the combat brigades who fought on the front line would join the ranks of the security forces of the defence and interior ministries.

Abdelali, who was speaking at a function marking the completion of training of a batch of former rebels by French police, gave no time frame for their adhesion.

The minister said the integration plan would be announced officially next week, adding the North African country planned to rehabilitate 200 000 fighters over the long term.

Tens of thousands of Libyan civilians took up arms when the anti-Gaddafi rebellion erupted in February.

They captured city after city over an eight-month period before finally overthrowing his 42-year-old regime. The dictator himself was captured and killed on October 20.

  • tatjana.dimitrijevic - 2011-12-02 16:41

    Historical leader of Al Qaeda in Libya, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, is now the military governor of "liberated" Tripoli and in charge of organizing the army of the "new Libya". In the 80s, the CIA instigated Awatha al-Zuwawi to create an agency in Libya to recruit mercenaries for the jihad against the Soviets in Afghanistan. As from 1986, recruits were trained in the Salman al-Farisi Libyan camp in Pakistan,under the authority of anti-Communist billionaire Osama bin Laden. When bin Laden moved to Sudan, the Libyan jihadists followed him there,and regrouped in a compound of their own. In 1994, Osama bin Laden dispatched Libyan jihadists back to their country to kill Muammar Gaddafi and reverse the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

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