Libyan rebels say the gunmen who shot dead their military chief were members of an Islamist-linked militia that is allied to their struggle to overthrow veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi.
The assassination of Abdel Fattah Younes, apparently by his own side, has hurt the opposition just as it was winning broader international recognition and launching an offensive against Gaddafi's forces in the west of the country.
It will deepen concerns among the rebels' Western backers including the United States, keen to see them prevail in a five-month-old civil war but frustrated by their lack of unity and nervous about the influence of Islamists.
I FEEL THAT THESE LIBYAN ISLAMISTS MUST HAVE AID - AND THAT THEY ARE GETTING AID FROM IRAN - LIKE ASSAD AND NASRALLAH AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN EGYPT.
THEREFORE, IF WE WANT THE REBELLION IN THE ARAB WORLD TO BECOME AN "ARAB SPRING", THEN WE MUST CHANGE THE REGIME IN IRAN.
THE ROAD TO PEACE GOES THOUGH TEHRAN.
Of all the leftover business for the Obama administration as U.S. troops prepare to leave Iraq at the end of the year, nothing is more symbolic of the continuing threats there — and throughout the region — than the case of a Lebanese Hezbollah operative named Ali Mussa Daqduq.
Daqduq has been one of Iran’s top covert operatives in Iraq, according to U.S. officials. He was captured in March 2007 by U.S. forces in Basra who had evidence that he had plotted (with Iranian help) a kidnapping in Karbala that January that resulted in the deaths of five American soldiers. U.S. satellite photos showed the Iranians had even built a mock-up of the Karbala facility inside Iran to practice the kidnapping.
Herein lies the Daqduq conundrum, which has been the subject of weekly interagency meetings this summer: The White House is leaning against releasing a prisoner who has American blood on his hands. But how should he be prosecuted?
ER, UM... HOW 'BOUT ... A MILITARY TRIBUNAL AND THE DEATH PENALTY? AS FDR WOULD HAVE DONE! AS THE CONGRESSIONAL LAW ALLOWS.
THAT OBAMA DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THIS PIECE OF IRANIAN BACKED ISLAMO-TERRORIST PIECE OF CRAP TELLS YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OBAMA:
INDECISIVE AT BEST.