The Gadhafi defectors in Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) have been hard at work for a while trying to take over the rebel movement and sideline the Islamists. That particular ambition cuts both ways, it seems.
Reports now have the Islamist leadership in the NTC doing virtually the same thing, with claims that military leader and former CIA torture victim Abdulhakim Behlaj is on the verge of removing NTC Prime Minister Mahmoud Jabril.
Libya’s new politics is split between the many Gadhafi defectors on one side, and a combination of terrorists-turned-freedom fighters and religious scholars-turned-politicians on the other.
The Islamist factions have such broad influence in the rebel military, near absolute since the assassination of Gadhafi defector General Younes, that they have considerable control over where the foreign military aid goes. The NTC’s political leadership, the face it puts forward to the west, is mostly defector controlled, and the defectors have NATO support. It was an ideal combination when fighting the Gadhafi regime, but now that the regime is gone, neither seems content to be just “part” of the new government.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Yemeni al-Qaeda Denies Secret Deal With UAE - August 17th, 2018
- Afghan President Visits Ghazni to Declare Victory, but Fighting Is Ongoing - August 17th, 2018
- Bomb That Killed Scores of Children in Yemen Was US Supplied - August 17th, 2018
- US Redirects Syria Funds, Emphasizes It Is Not Withdrawing - August 17th, 2018
- Officials Worry Trump May Back Erik Prince Plan to 'Privatize' Afghan War - August 17th, 2018