(FinalCall.com) The military commander of the rebels fighting against the government led by Col. Muammar Gadhafi in Libya has been killed leaving the opposition's forces in turmoil. Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the leader of what is called the National Transactional Council—the name given to the Western-backed opposition fighting to topple the government—announced July 28 that General Abdel Fattah Younes, 67, was assassinated.
“With all grief and sadness, we announce the death of Major General Abdel Fattah Younes,” said Mr. Jalil also announcing the deaths of two others, Colonel Mohammed Khamis and Major Nasser Mathkour at a late night press conference.
Media analysts say the death of Gen. Younes represents a significant setback not only for the numerically small, poorly trained and ill-equipped rebels, but also the U.S., led NATO coalition which includes Britain and France as they have worked tirelessly to undermine the established government of Libya in an attempt to kill the African nation's leader, Col. Gadhafi.
Details remain murky regarding Gen. Younes' death and conflicting stories are circulating regarding whether he was killed by members of a faction of the divided opposition, or killed by forces loyal to Col. Gadhafi.