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LIBYA: Kadafi deputy intelligence chief defects

August 24, 2011 |  2:15 pm

This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.

Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's deputy intelligence chief quit Wednesday, defecting to join  rebels, according to reports by Al Arabiya television.

"I put myself in the service of the nation and call on generals and soldiers who are the sons of Libya to join the 17th February revolution," General Khalifah Mohammed Ali said in an interview with Arabiya.

In a rolling banner headline, Arabiya said the general had left his post.

[For the record: 2:08 p.m. Aug. 24: A previous version of this post misidentified the official who defected as Mohammed El Senussi based on early Al Arabiya reports.]


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-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske