Mahdi al-Arabi

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Mahdi al-Arabi
Allegiance Libya Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Service/branch Libyan Army
Years of service ? –2011
Rank Brigadier-General
Commands held Deputy Chief of Staff of the Libyan Army

2011 Libyan civil war

Mahdi al-Arabi, is a Libyan Brigadier-General who served under the Libyan Armed Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.[1] He was the deputy chief of staff of the Libyan army.[2] During the 2011 Libyan civil war he was put in charge of helping to suppress protests,[3] most notably in the Libyan city of Zawiya.[4][5]

On 21 August, anti-Gaddafi forces reportedly arrested Arabi in Zawiya.[6] Video purportedly of Arabi in detention was posted to YouTube on 11 September.[7]


  1. ^ Henry, Derek (2015-12-08). "Special Report from Inside Libya: Assessing Libyan Rebel Forces | The Jamestown Foundation". Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Libya: Unconfirmed reports on Gaddafi escape, military coup". Al Bawaba. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  3. ^ Archived from the original on August 10, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Matar, Hisham (24 February 2011). "Libya: how an exile in Britain finds the chinks in Gaddafi's wall of silence". The Guardian. London. 
  5. ^ Archived from the original on March 8, 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Libya Rebels Enter Tripoli, Say They've Captured Qaddafi Sons". 21 August 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. [dead link]
  7. ^ LibyanJustice (11 September 2011). "Capture of Gaddafi's General - Mahdi al-Arabi". YouTube. Retrieved 16 September 2011.