The al-Zintan Revolutionaries Military Council (ZMC) was established during November 2011 and is comprised of 23 Zintani and Nafusa Mountains militias in western Libya. It has five brigades, the most prominent of which is the Martyr Muhammad al-Madani Brigade, which have about 4,000 fighters. The ZMCl controls some of the most powerful militias in Tripoli and is one of the better organised and strongest militia groups in Tripoli. It has been involved in the control of some important facilities in Libya, such as the international Tripoli airport, managed by the ZMC until 20 April 2012. During February 2012, Human Rights Watch accused the ZMC of torture and homicide of former ambassador in France for Libya, Mr Omar Brebesh.BackgroundZintan is an impoverished town of around 35,000 people but is renowned for its fighters, both against the Italian occupation of Libya in the early 20th century and during the Libyan revolution. The Zintani region has been critical of Qaddafi and his idea of a…
Al-Zintan Revolutionaries' Military Council (ZMC)
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