Libyan Rebel Leaders in FBIS Daily Reports

Libyans Raise the Rebel Flag

Khalifa Bilqasim Haftar and Omar al-Hariri, two of the leaders of the reportedly somewhat disorganized military opposition to Col. Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, are not only mentioned in current news reports (see the Sunday, April 3, 2011, edition of The Washington Post), but also in the pages of translations produced and published in the 1980s and ‘90s by the U.S. Foreign Broadcast Information Service.

Here are a couple of the dozens of reports on then Col. Haftar from the FBIS Daily Reports

First, consider this March 28, 1988 report on Col. Haftar’s decision to join the anti-Gaddafi forces.

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In a 1988 broadcast from Cairo of an account of a meeting of the Arab and Foreign Affairs Committee at the Egyptian Press Syndicate on Sept. 27, the Secretary General of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, Muhammad Yusuf al-Muqaryif, said “Al-Qadhdhafi’s rule was one of oppression, tyranny, terrorism and sabotage and was entirely against the aspirations of the Libyan people.” Later at the meeting a film of Col. Haftar was shown (see below) on the attempted 1984 assassination of Col. Gaddafi.

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And on the not-too-distant history of Omar al-Hariri, here is a 1995 account of his release from imprisonment:

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