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Suleiman Mahmoud al-Obeidi (Arabic: سليمان محمود العبيدي) is a senior military officer in Libya. He was formerly a commander in Muammar Gaddafi's army. He was commander of the Tobruk Military Region.[1] He was amongst the first of the army hierarchy to defect to the opposition during the Libyan Civil War.[2][3] Around half of the estimated 6,000 troops who have joined the rebels took their orders from General Mahmoud[4] prior to the 28 July 2011 assassination of General Abdul Fatah Younis, the top commander of the National Liberation Army. The Associated Press reported the next day that Mahmoud succeeded Younis as army commander.[5]

Suleiman Mahmoud
Allegiance Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (until Libyan Civil War)
Libya National Transitional Council (2011–)
RankMajor General
Commands heldTobruk Military Region
National Liberation Army
Battles/warsLibyan Civil War

Mahmoud moved his headquarters to Tripoli after the success of Operation Mermaid Dawn. As of early September 2011, he reportedly maintains a separate force from Abdelhakim Belhadj, the head of the Tripoli Military Council, though the two men are ostensibly working to integrate the anti-Gaddafi forces in western Libya into a cohesive military under the aegis of the National Transitional Council.[6]


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  2. ^ "Defections from the Libyan regime". The Wall Street Journal. 23 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Tubruq's free locals take first decisions". Financial Times. 24 February 2011.
  4. ^ "The battle for Libya: The colonel fights back". The Economist. 10 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Officer accuses fellow rebels in Libya killing". USA Today. Associated Press. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  6. ^ Flintoff, Corey. "Libyan Rebels Vie For Key Posts In Tripoli". National Public Radio.

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