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Libyan troops kill leader of major terrorist group. (Whom NATO was supporting.)

Members of the Libyan army ambushed and killed one of the three commanders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which is closely connected to Al-Qaeda.

Abdel-Moneim Mokhtar fought with Al-Qaeda against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. When he returned home to Libya he helped found the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. The outlawed group has carried out numerous terrorist attacks in support of the creation of an Islamic state in Libya.

The group is listed as a major terrorist organization by the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2009 the group officially renounced Al-Qaeda in a deal with the Libyan government. However, experts believe there is still heavy cross-over between the group’s membership and Al-Qaeda.

The man was apparently leading dozens of Libyan rebels. Mokhtar had spent the last twelve years in hiding, in Afghanistan and/or Yemen, and apparently returned to lead rebels against Gaddafi.

His death is being exploited by Libya to discredit claims by the Obama & Sarkozy administrations that the rebels are “pro-democracy freedom fighters.”