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US resident 'Libyan rebel leader' Hifter spent much of past 20 years in suburban Virginia

Oops. There goes the made for television drama of local democratic rebels. It seems that the U.S. has been grooming its next dictator implant for Libya, perhaps the future dictator Khalifa Hifter. Hifter did badly in the military under Gadhafi, so decided to escape punishment decades ago instead of for any political rationales. Seems pure opportunism to save his own skin. The pantomime of 'patriotic rebel leader' really means U.S. supported opportunist dictator.
'Libyan rebel' leader spent much of past 20 years in suburban Virginia
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March 29, 2011

Source: McClatchy

WASHINGTON - The new leader of Libya's opposition military spent the past two decades in suburban Virginia but felt compelled even in his late-60s to return to the battlefield in his homeland, according to people who know him.

Khalifa Hifter was once a top military officer for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, but after a disastrous military adventure in Chad in the late 1980s, Hifter switched to the anti-Gadhafi opposition. In the early 1990s, he moved to suburban Virginia, where he established a life but maintained ties to anti-Gadhafi groups.

Late last week, Hifter was appointed to lead the rebel army, which has been in chaos for weeks. He is the third such leader in less than a month, and rebels interviewed in Libya openly voiced distrust for the most recent leader, Abdel Fatah Younes, who had been at Gadhafi's side until just a month ago.

At a news conference Thursday, the rebel's military spokesman said Younes will stay as Hifter's chief of staff, and added that the army such as it is would need "weeks" of training.

According to Abdel Salam Badr of Richmond, Va., who said he has known Hifter all his life including back in Libya Hifter -- whose name is sometimes spelled Haftar, Hefter or Huftur -- was motivated by his intense anti-Gadhafi feelings.

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