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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Why do so many Libyan rebels seen on TV speak with British accents? - 30th July 2011

The sun set as the Land Cruiser entered the rebel camp in the dunes between the Libyan coastal town of Ajdabiya and the Brega front line. It was time for the Isha or ‘nightfall’ prayer. Against dark velvet skies, the silhouetted forms of rebel soldiers knelt, arms stretched to Mecca.

All around was the detritus of war: empty shells littered the sand like cigarette butts, rocket launchers mounted on trucks formed a protective arc around the soldiers’ small white tent. In the distance was the thump of rockets. Nato air patrols skimmed the night sky.

The Mail on Sunday photographer and I had come to meet one of the scores of British Libyan fighters who have returned to their native land to battle against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in the civil war ignited by the revolution that began on February 17.

Men from cities including Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and London have gambled hard-won security for a country many of them have never seen.

Gaddafi came to power in a coup in 1969, taking control of the oil-rich kingdom and instituting one of the world’s most brutal regimes on the back of an oppressive ideology outlined in his ‘Little Green Book’: a book of stupendous hypocrisy and vanity.

Many of those who have now gathered to help crush that ideology were born and brought up in Britain, Read More