July 29th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Mystery surrounds rebel leader's killing in Libya

Uncertainty swirled across war-torn Libya Friday after the mysterious death of that country's top rebel commander, with some asking whether his death is a troubling harbinger for the opposition movement.

Gen. Abdul Fattah Younis was killed after the main rebel organization in Libya, the Transitional National Council, sought to question him about military matters and allegations that he or those close to him had ongoing ties to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Younis' supporters said.

Younis was killed along with a colonel and a lieutenant colonel, the Transitional National Council said in a prepared statement.

There are more questions than answers about the deaths, which have stirred speculation about whether they would cause a rift among opposition leaders.

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  1. nik green

    The rebel leader was closely affiliated with al Qaeda. He was probably considered fair target by the coalition... of wait, the US has recognized the rebels as the legitimate government of Libya. Perhaps we will see an al Qaeda embassy in Washington DC in the near future?

    July 29, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Madame Royale

    Oh, I am sure this thread will have the Troll patrol foaming at the mouth...
    Bring on the dancing trolls!

    July 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lyndsie Graham

    Hopefully, this will be the beginning of the end for those so-called "rebels" in Libya as this may be a harbinger of things to come for them. Anyone who has the support of NATO behind them can't possibly be all good. I'm for Qaddafy 100%!

    July 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ajd041

    Qaddafy? Gadhafi is how I spelled it and @Madame Royale looks as if they already have

    July 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CNN Wire

    Gadhafi should go, he's a CIA stooge, cave up his nuke programe a while back! Stupid.

    July 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Qadaffy a C.I.A. stooge? You must be kidding. The reason these so-called "rebels" are try to overthrow him is to put one in so the NATO countries can get hold of Libya;s oil!

      July 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    Gadhafi is out of control... he's unable to play the game any longer. Nato is looking to oust him and plant one that WILL go along with the program , so the U.S. can rake another country of it's natural resources.

    July 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Well......

    If and when Libya get's a new leader, I bet he will be worse than Gadhfafi. That does't mean I like Gadafi, it means things are just gettin worse.

    July 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    With all the tech resources at the disposal of those who REALLY WANNA know, I doubt theres any mystery . Get the Murdochs in there!

    July 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    HE HAD SIDS...

    July 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CNN Wire

    Now we see the west running outa options, now bombing media outlets, killing jurnalists! Way below the belt NATO, what about protecting the press??? Seem you'll stoop to about any LOW...even this low? Hope the people of tripoli crouch and await the NATO gangsters and rebels with ARMS ready to teach them another lesson from africa! One just have to defend their homeland from tratiors. NATO! You bomb the press, you bomb me.

    July 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Good post, CNN Wire. Thank you.

      July 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ajd041

    CNN wire gr8 post

    July 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |