For not all the rebels are chaotic. One of their commanders
, Abdel-Hakim Al-Hasidi, has been a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
(LIFG) since the Nineties.
This is a violent jihadist outfit
that, for decades, had been waging a holy war
against the Gaddafi regime with an aim of creating an Islamic state.
It was banned worldwide after the 9/11 attacks, when Al-Hasidi fled to Afghanistan.
Now he admits he recruited dozens of Al Qaeda members to the insurgent cause in Iraq, where the LIFG made up the second largest group of foreign fighters; and, worse, that many of his jihadists have joined the rebellion in Libya.
Al-Hasidi said his fighters in Libya ‘are patriots and good Muslims’, but added that Al Qaeda men ‘are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader’ in Iraq.
Even as the rebels continue to pour into Tripoli, the numerous Islamist militias, who have been fighting independently, are still refusing officially to join their ranks.