Libyan military chief defends past

Abdel Hakim Belhaj, once arrested by the CIA, defends himself against accusations of extremism.

    A military commander of Libya's National Transitional Council is a former leader of the Libyan Islamic fighting group, he fought in Afghanistan, was arrested by CIA and has been described as an extremist.

    But Abdel Hakim Belhaj says he is an "ordinary Muslim", and blames the negative labels on a post-9/11 backlash.

    Al Jazeera's James Bays speaks to Belhaj and reports from Tripoli.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.