Tripoli, Libya – NATO warplanes bombed three Libyan state TV satellite transmitters in Tripoli overnight, targeting a key propaganda tool that the military alliance said Saturday is used by Moammar Gadhafi’s government to incite violence and threaten civilians.
Libya’s rebel movement, meanwhile, appeared in disarray after the mysterious death of its chief military commander in a killing that some witnesses said was carried out by fellow rebel fighters who suspected him of treason.
The rebels’ political leader sought to dispel any notions of infighting on Saturday and accused Gadhafi supporters of killing Abdel-Fattah Younis. He told reporters that the commander, who was Gadhafi’s interior minister before defecting, had not been suspected of treason but had been arrested after complaints he was mismanaging rebel forces.
The NATO strikes in Tripoli echoed across the capital before dawn. There was no comment from Libyan officials on what had been hit, but state TV was still on the air in Tripoli as of Saturday morning.
CIA station chief leaving Pakistan
Aspen, Colo. – U.S. and Pakistani officials say the CIA station chief who ran operations in Pakistan during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is leaving his post due to illness.
His departure was first reported by ABC News. The man cannot be named because he is undercover.
The station chief guided operations through a troubled time in U.S.-Pakistani relations.
Documents released by WikiLeaks showed Pakistani officials backing CIA drone strikes in their territory against al-Qaida, while CIA contractor Raymond Davis’ killing of two Pakistani men he said were trying to rob him frayed relations. Then came the May 2nd raid on bin Laden’s compound.
American officials say the outgoing chief clashed with Ambassador Cameron Munter, who objected to CIA drone strikes during diplomatic negotiations.