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Al-Qaeda breaks with Libyans

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
LocationKhartoum, Sudan
Time Early 1996
Narrative and Notes
PossibleUnder international pressure to reign in militants, the Sudanese government told bin Laden they would expel protect Libyans suspected of anti-government activities in their home country.

Bin Laden told al-Qaeda's Libyans he could no longer protect them. Many quit al-Qaeda in response.

Only two Libyans are identified as important al-Qaeda figures after 1996, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi and Anas al-Liby.1
1The 9-11 Commission Report, July 22, 2004.
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