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to be among the first to enter the Libyan capital and kick out Moammar Gadhafi and his cronies.
Their new home is a two-story university dormitory in Nalut, a frontline town in Libya's rebel-controlled western Nafusa mountains, about 280 kilometers (175 miles) from Tripoli.
On Monday, Hosam Najjair, the Irish building contractor
He laughed off the al-Qaida suspicions. "We don't have a religious agenda," said the black-beared Bashir, noting that many in the brigade smoke, listen to music or are clean-shaven, hardly the hallmarks of fervent Islamists.
Has the western mainstream have no shame?
Hosam Najjair, 32, a building contractor from Ireland who is the son of a Libyan father and an Irish mother, stands in a base of the Tripoli Brigade rebel forces close to the front line near the town of Tiji, western Libya, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Balint Szlanko)