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Congressman Brad Sherman Meets with Interim "Prime Minister" of Libyan Rebels

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Brad Sherman, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, handed Dr. Mahmoud Jibril, the Interim "Prime Minister" of the Transitional National Council of Libya, the attached letter in a meeting at 3 P.M. today on Capitol Hill.

Congressman Sherman urged Dr. Jibril to identify all persons who have supported al-Qaeda or the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and fought American troops in Afghanistan or Iraq, and bar those terrorists from service in the military or civilian operations of the Transitional National Council of Libya.

In particular, Sherman urged Dr. Jibril to address the issue of Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi. Al-Hasidi is an al-Qaeda affiliated fighter who boasts of fighting American soldiers in Afghanistan and recruiting Libyans to fight Americans in Iraq, and who claims to be a commander of rebel forces in Libya. Sherman asked if the Transitional National Council in Benghazi is willing to extradite al-Hasidi, who has claimed that he helped kill Americans.

Sherman also urged the rebel leader to formally adopt a resolution in the Council ensuring that funds of the Qaddafi family and Qaddafi government frozen by the United States be used to defray the cost of U.S. military actions benefiting the Libyan people.

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