Libyan rebel military chief recalled from front-sources

BENGHAZI, Libya, July 28 Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:53pm EDT

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BENGHAZI, Libya, July 28 (Reuters) - Libyan rebel officials have recalled Abdel Fattah Younes, who is leading the rebels' military campaign against Muammar Gaddafi, from the front line, rebel sources said on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear why Younes, Gaddafi's former security minister who defected to the rebel side in February, was being questioned. But rumours circulated that he was suspected of having had secret talks with Gaddafi's government.

A rebel source said Younes was recalled from Brega early on Thursday, but could not say why.

A senior member of the rebel National Transitional Council confirmed Younes was in Benghazi but said he had returned from the front line unhappy with the situation on the ground, and officials were trying to persuade him to return.

Younes' home in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi was strongly guarded by soldiers who had blocked the street and were not letting anyone in, a Reuters witness said. (Reporting by Rania El Gamal in Benghazi; editing by David Lewis)

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