The Rebel Prison Camp

Babak Dehghanpisheh visits it:

[Khalifa and Ali] account of how they came to the Benghazi prison camp offers a glimpse of the inner workings of Gaddafi’s military. Both men say they were members of a guard unit that’s normally stationed hundreds of miles away near the Tunisian border. About a week ago, they were called up to join the fight against the rebels in the east. They were first taken to Sert, Gaddafi’s hometown, where their military unit was joined up with hundreds of plainclothes militiamen from Libya and Chad. The militiamen were being armed up with new AK-47s at the base. “They told us we are going to fight Al Qaeda and mercenaries, who came to take over the country,” says Ali, a skinny young man with black hair who winces in pain as he talks.