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Massoud Abdelhafid
Allegiance Flag of Libya (1977–2011).svg Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Service/branch Libyan Army
Rank General officer
Battles/wars Chadian-Libyan conflict
2011 Libyan civil war

Massoud Abdelhafid was a prominent Libyan General in the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. He has held various positions of government since the 1969 coup d'etat of Muammar Gaddafi including Commander of Military Security,[1] Governor of Southern Libya[2][3] and Head of Security in Major Cities.[4] He is a key figure in Libya's relations with neighbouring Chad and Sudan.[5] Massoud Abdelhafid was a senior commander in the Libyan Army during the Chadian-Libyan conflict.[6] Known for his leadership of Libyan-backed insurrections and wars in Chad, he has been referred to as "Mr Chad".[7]

2011 Libyan civil warEdit

The United Nations Security Council drafted a resolution naming 23 senior Libyan officials in the regime of Muammar Gaddafi to be sanctioned. The resolution, which included travel bans and asset freezes, named Massoud Abdelhafid.[8]

Subsequent to the defection of Abdul Fatah Younis, Muammar Gaddafi designated Abdelhafid to the position of interior minister.[9] General Massoud Abdelhafid led the pro-Gaddafi forces in the city of Sabha during the Battle of Sabha and the Fezzan campaign.[10]

Abdelhafid was reported to have fled to Egypt alongside Interior Minister Nassr al-Mabrouk Abdullah.[11]

NotesEdit

  1. Black, CR: Deterring Libya, the Strategic Culture of Muammar Qaddafi, Page 11, The Counter Proliferation Papers, Air University, 2000.
  2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8754761/All-eyes-on-the-desert-as-the-hunt-for-Gaddafi-continues.html, The Telegraph, 2011
  3. http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.tibesti.org/communique9.htm&ei=BBedTIuyJ9Hc4waQ17nZDQ&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CCcQ7gEwBA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmasoud%2Babdelhafid%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26rlz%3D1G1GGLQ_ENXX257%26prmd%3Do, The National Council of Tibesti, The Right of Peoples to Self-Determination, 2004.
  4. http://sijill.tripod.com/sec92.htm, Libya: Changes Among the Colonels, 1992.
  5. Africa Energy Intelligence: Libya-Chad, Tidjani Thiam, Indigo Publications, 2001.
  6. Correau L: 1977-1979 La Conquete du Nord, Habre a N'Djamena, RFI, 2008, translated link: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.rfi.fr/actufr/articles/104/article_70533.asp&ei=mSCdTKTZJ82l4Abwy7GtDQ&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBYQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dgeneral%2Bmessaoud%2Babdelhafiz%2Blibye%2Btchad%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26rlz%3D1G1GGLQ_ENXX257%26prmd%3Do
  7. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8754761/All-eyes-on-the-desert-as-the-hunt-for-Gaddafi-continues.html
  8. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4034224,00.html, UN draft sanctions names 23 Libyan officials February 2011
  9. http://www.ansamed.info/en/news/ME.XEF46734.html, Ansamed, March 2011
  10. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8754761/All-eyes-on-the-desert-as-the-hunt-for-Gaddafi-continues.html, The Telegraph, All eyes on the desert as the hunt for Gaddafi continues, 2011
  11. http://politeadigest.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/preparing-for-post-gadhafi-libya/

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