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DPA / The Hindu / CAIRO, August 4, 2011.
A video grab of Seif al-Islam Qadhafi, son of Muammar Qadhafi. File photo - AP.
The son of Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi claimed that his family had forged an alliance with Islamist rebels, state-run Libyan television said Thursday.
Seif al-Islam Qadhafi, who terms the internal opposition to his father’s regime as radical extremists, was quoted as telling the New York Times that “the liberal (rebels) will escape or be killed... We will do it together.” He claimed to have negotiated the pact with Ali Sallabi, a leading Islamist in the rebel-held east.
The Qadhafi regime has termed the revolt in Libya an al-Qaeda plot to ignite civil strife in the country.
Mr. Qadhafi’s son, his father’s mouthpiece since the uprising started in February, hinted there was a deep split between the Islamists and liberal rebels in Libya.
The Islamists, he said, “are the real force on the ground.” “Everybody is taking off the mask, and now you have to face the reality,” he said.
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