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Rami Mohamed El-Obeidi (رامي محمد العبيدي) (Born 29 April 1977) is a Libyan anti-Gadhafi revolutionary and politician who was the Head of Foreign Intelligence and Military Affairs for the President of the National Transitional Council, Mustapha Abdul Jalil. A relative, close friend, and colleague of the slain Chief of Staff of the National Army, General Abdul Fatah Younis, Rami El-Obeidi played a key role in defeating the Gadhafi regime. He was successful in accomplishing many sensitive missions including the first negotiations with the Italian Government, NATO, the U.S. Administration, the coordination of the first air strike that destroyed Muamar Gadhafi's battalions who were attempting to invade the city of Benghazi on the 19th of March 2011, and amongst other accomplishments he was successful in supplying strategic weapons to the National Army and is now famous for representing the revolutionaries in secret negotiations in Rome with two envoys of Muamar Gadhafi's regime in an attempt to convince Muamar Gadhafi to surrender his forces and to leave Libya.
Targeted by many in the National Transitional Council for exposing numerous scandals and betrayals, Rami El-Obeidi has openly accused the President of the National Transitional Council Mustapha Abdeljalil, Ali El Salabi, the State of Qatar, and various other members of the NTC for plotting against him and the National Army and for being responsible in the assassination of General Abdul Fatah Younis. He has also accused the State of Qatar for supporting, arming, and financing extremists elements within the revolutionary ranks who are affiliated to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. He has himself been kidnapped and tortured by the extremist Martyrs of Abu Salim Brigade in Benghazi as they opposed his support and arming of the National Army. Further, in late 2011 he had personally ordered the expulsion of Qatari military and intelligence personnel from the city of Tobruk in Eastern Libya whom he accuses of conducting operations of espionage and sabotage against the sovereign interests of Libya.
Being the grandson of Ali Basha El-Obeidi, one of the greatest resistance commanders during the Italian colonial occupation of Libya, and having a rich political and tribal heritage, today Rami El-Obeidi heads a major political, military, and tribal nationalist movement which opposes the National Transitional Council and the Transitional Government's policies. His movement aims for the establishment of a national unity government, a sovereign state, a referendum on the constitution, a pluralist society, the disarming of militias, an independent judiciary system, accountability, social reconciliation, tribal unity, and economic federalism with a central government. He is widely regarded as a major challenger to the NTC, corrupt government officials, and to religious extremist movements which include parties that are aligned to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
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