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Title: Libya's Muammar Gaddafi Killed
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 08:36:46 AM
Gaddafi killed as Libya's revolt claims hometown

(Reuters) - Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya's interim rulers said.

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Title: Gaddafi dead or captured, reports claim - live updates
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 08:50:59 AM
Gaddafi dead or captured, reports claim - live updates

1.43pm: The Misrata Military council is also saying that Gaddafi has been killed. We cannot confirm this. In an email it said it would give a press conference later to explain how he died after being captured.

1.40pm: The picture purportedly showing Muammar Gaddafi's capture we posted earlier seems to come from a video on a mobile phone. AFP has sent through another frame from the same video.

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Title: CNN: Libya's National Transitional Council says Gadhafi dead
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 09:07:16 AM
CNN: Libya's National Transitional Council says Gadhafi dead

There are reports that deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been either captured or killed.

[Update 8:56 a.m. ET] Mahmoud Shamman, Libya's Information Minister tells CNN that a press conference will be happening soon about the alleged death of Gadhafi. Shamman said Gadhafi is dead. CNN's Dan Rivers spoke to him in Tripoli where crowds are cheering, shooting guns in a celebratory way and honking their horns.

CNN's Ben Wedeman, who covers the region and has covered Libya extensively, said that much caution should be used with these reports because false information has come out previously. It is being reported that Gadhafi was found in a storm drain. "It's a bit of surprise because we knew that he had escaped from Tripoli" with a lot of cash and weapons, Wedeman said. It would seem odd that Gadhafi would end up in a manhole-type of area, Wedeman said live on CNN.

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Title: Moammar Gadhafi captured, reported killed
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 09:10:04 AM
Moammar Gadhafi captured, reported killed

NTC Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam tells CNN that all indications are that Gadhafi was killed by NTC forces while he was fleeing a house in his hometown of Sirte.

Abdel Majid of the Libyan transitional government said earlier that a wounded Moammar Gaddafi has been captured.

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Title: Gaddafi 'killed in Sirte'
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 09:13:58 AM
Gaddafi 'killed in Sirte'

Officials today scrambled to check reports that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had died after being captured near his hometown of Sirte following months of civil war.

Gaddafi was wounded in the head and legs as he tried to flee in a convoy that came under attack from Nato warplanes at dawn, a senior official with Libya's National Transitional Council told Reuters.

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Title: Libyan Fighters Declare Victory; Claim Kadafi Dead
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 10:02:03 AM
Libyan Fighters Declare Victory; Claim Kadafi Dead

1340 GMT: The death of Moamer Kadhafi marks the 'end of an era of despotism', European Union president Herman Van Rompuy says in Brussels.

1327 GMT: An NTC commander says that Moamer Kadhafi's son Mutassim has also been found dead in Sirte.

1312 GMT: NATO aircraft struck two pro-Kadhafi military vehicles in the vicinity of the Libyan city of Sirte on Thursday morning, a spokesman for the alliance said in Brussels.

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Title: Muammar Gaddafi killed in Sirte
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 10:41:50 AM
Muammar Gaddafi killed in Sirte

Al Jazeera has acquired exclusive footage of the body of Muammar Gaddafi after he was killed in his hometown, Sirte.

Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, vice chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council, confirmed that the ousted leader had been killed on October 20, 2011 near Sirte.

"We announce to the world that Muammar Gaddafi has been killed at the hands of the revolutionaries," Ghoga told a news conference in Benghazi.

The news came shortly after the NTC captured Sirte after weeks of fighting.

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Title: Libya's Muammar Gaddafi 'killed'
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 11:00:25 AM
Libya's Muammar Gaddafi 'killed'

Nato, which has been running a bombing campaign in Libya for months, said it had carried out an air strike earlier on Thursday that hit two pro-Gaddafi vehicles near Sirte.

A video grab from al-Jazeera TV apparently showing Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's corpse.

It was unclear whether the strikes were connected with the reports of Col Gaddafi's death.

Mr Shammam said NTC leaders would officially confirm Col Gaddafi's death later.

"He was killed in an attack by the fighters. There is footage of that," he said.

Grainy video footage has been circulating among NTC fighters appearing to show Col Gaddafi's corpse.

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Title: Re: Gaddafi killed as US-NATO War on Libya claims hometown
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 12:22:51 PM
NATO Given Proof of Qaddafi Death: Allied Military Official

Libya's interim government has sent NATO commanders still pictures and video imagery which "leave no doubt" of Muammar el-Qaddafi's death, a senior Western military official told National Journal. 

The official said "other NATO assets" - an allusion to the Western intelligence operatives who have been on the ground in Libya for months aiding the rebels there - were en route to Surt to make final confirmation of the Libyan strongman's death. 

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Title: Footage of Gaddafi's last minutes
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 03:38:07 PM
Footage of Gaddafi's last minutes

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Title: Obama hails death of Muammar Gaddafi as foreign policy success
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 07:23:51 PM
Obama hails death of Muammar Gaddafi as foreign policy success

President Barack Obama hailed the lifting of the "dark tyranny" over Libya after the new government confirmed Muammar Gaddafi had been killed, issuing a warning to other dictators in the Middle East – and particularly Syria – that they could be next.

Although Obama did not name Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, it was he Obama had in mind when he said the rule of the iron fist in the Middle East is inevitably coming to an end. Those leaders that try to deny the push for democracy will not succeed, he predicted.

Obama was speaking in the White House Rose Garden after footage was shown worldwide of what appeared to be Gaddafi's bloody corpse. "One of the world's longest-serving dictators is no more," the president said.

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Title: Clinton on Qaddafi: "We came, we saw, he died"
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 07:35:00 PM
Clinton on Qaddafi: "We came, we saw, he died"

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared a laugh with a television news reporter moments after hearing deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi had been killed.

"We came, we saw, he died," she joked when told of news reports of Qaddafi's death by an aide in between formal interviews.

Clinton was in Tripoli earlier this week for talks with leaders of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC).

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Title: Death of Libya's Gaddafi avoids awkward trial
Post by: News on October 20, 2011, 11:33:37 PM
Death of Libya's Gaddafi avoids awkward trial

LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi's apparent death from wounds received during the fall of Sirte means a long and complex trial that could have divided Libya and embarrassed Western governments and oil firms will be avoided.

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Title: Muammar Gaddafi's 'trophy' body on show in Misrata meat store
Post by: News on October 22, 2011, 12:34:56 AM
New Videos Help Piece Together Qaddafis' Last Minutes
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An examination of several brief video clips that have emerged since Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and his son Muatassim were killed on Thursday seems to suggest that both men suffered their fatal wounds some time after they were captured. Their dead bodies were later put on display in the city of Misurata. (

NATO says it didn't know Kadafi was in targeted Libyan convoy

NATO said Friday it was not aware that Moammar Kadafi was in a convoy targeted by NATO warplanes as it headed out of the former Libyan leader's hometown of Surt. The alliance said in a statement that it dropped bombs on the convoy of Kadafi loyalists because the vehicles were "carrying a substantial amount of weapons and ammunition" which could be used against civilians. (

Muammar Gaddafi's 'trophy' body on show in Misrata meat store

Bloodied, wearing just a pair of khaki trousers, and dumped on a cheap mattress, Muammar Gaddafi's body has become a gruesome tourist attraction and a macabre symbol of the new Libya's problems. (

How the West won Libya

They are fighting over the carcass as vultures. The French Ministry of Defense said they got him with a Rafale fighter jet firing over his convoy. The Pentagon said they got him with a Predator firing a Hellfire missile. After a wounded Colonel Muammar Gaddafi sought refuge in a filthy drain underneath a highway — an eerie echo of Saddam Hussein's "hole" — he was found by Transitional National Council (TNC) "rebels". And then duly executed. (

A Revolutionary Spirit

He died while valiantly fighting in defence of Libya against the combined forces of NATO and Wahhabi reactionarism. (

Lion of Africa Killed in Combat

Today, Friday October 21st, our beloved Brother Leader and one of the world's greatest freedom fighters, revolutionary pan-Africanist, Muammar Al Qaddafi was martyred in combat by the North Atlantic Tribes, organized under the banner of NATO, bolstered by the Arab sheikhdoms, including Al Jazeera's boss, the Emir of Qatar, the pseudo Islamic House of Saud and the US's own hideous creation, Al Qaeda. These North Atlantic Tribes constitute the same forces that have murdered our leaders, invaded our lands and plundered and ransacked our resources for more than 500 years. Muammar Qaddafi bravely stood against them all, making his last stand today, after a lifetime of struggle, in Sirte. (

Engineering Consent For Future Military Actions
Qaddafi Is Gone But Other U.S. Foes Remain

Libya--Muammar Qaddafi now joins the ranks of powerful foreign figures who have battled the United States only to come to a bad end. But even with the demise of the Libyan dictator, plus Osama bin Laden, Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic, there are still autocrats around the world hostile to the U.S., notably in Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea and Iran. (

Gaddafi death: Envoy slams 'sadistic' triumphalism

Russia's NATO envoy has written in his microblog that the Western elation over the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi could have sadistic grounds. "The faces of the leaders of ‘world democracies' are so happy, as if they remembered how they hanged stray cats in basements in their childhoods," Russian envoy to NATO and the leader of the Congress of Russian Communities, Dmitry Rogozin, wrote in his twitter status on Friday. (

Gaddafi's death breached the law, says Russia

As politicians in Western capitals were taking quiet pleasure in the capture and killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi yesterday, opinions elsewhere were divided. In Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Geneva Conventions had been breached with the killing of Colonel Gaddafi. (

Gaddafi burial delayed amid calls for probe

Slain leader's body to be kept in cold storage before secret burial as UN calls video of his last moments "disturbing". (

Gaddafi's Last Words as Rebels Dragged Him Through Street

Video has emerged of the former Libya leader still alive and being bundled through Sirte by a group of rebel fighters. (

Robert Fisk: You can't blame Gaddafi for thinking he was one of the good guys

We loved him. We hated him. Then we loved him again. Blair slobbered over him. Then we hated him again. Then La Clinton slobbered over her BlackBerry and we really hated him even more again. Let us all pray that he wasn't murdered. "Died of wounds suffered during capture." What did that mean? (

Rebels accused of executing former Libyan leader and son Mutassim

Libya's rebel army has been accused of executing both Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mutassim in cold blood as the United Nations suggested their deaths amounted to war crimes. (

Eldest son Saif critically injured and 'captured close to Tripoli'

Colonel Gaddafi's favourite son Saif al-Islam has been captured close to Tripoli after suffering critical injuries in a bombing raid, officials claimed today. The eldest son of the dead dictator and heir-apparent escaped the clan's final showdown in Sirte that claimed his father and brother Mutassim yesterday. (

Iraq rejects US request to maintain bases after troop withdrawal

Obama announces the full withdrawal of troops from Iraq but fails to persuade Nouri al-Maliki to allow US to keep bases there. (

Moscow slams Western draft resolution on Syria

The Western draft resolution on Syria could provoke a Libyan scenario in the country, Russian Prime Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday. He underscored that Russia is opposed to Syria sanctions. (

'Gaddafi murder - international crime'
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There's growing international pressure for an investigation into exactly how Libya's ousted dictator Moammar Gaddafi died. The UN expressed concern over video footage taken following his capture which shows Gaddafi taken alive, before he was killed. Meanwhile, NATO said it's winding down its bombing campaign in the country. London-based journalist and author Afshin Rattansi says that killing Colonel Gaddafi is an international crime.

Title: Kadhafi was loved by his peopl
Post by: News on October 22, 2011, 01:10:02 AM
Kadhafi was loved by his people
September 10 2011

Rome (ANTARA News/AFP) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Friday that ousted Libyan leader Moamer was loved by his people and that the rebellion that toppled him was not a popular uprising.

"This wasn`t a popular uprising," like in other north African countries "where the wind of freedom begins to blow," he told young supporters of his People of Freedom party gathered in Rome.

"Powerful men decided to give life to a new era by putting out Kadhafi," he said.

"This wasn`t a popular uprising because Kadhafi was loved by his people, as I was able to see when I went to Libya."

Italy is Libya`s former colonial ruler and enjoyed close economic and diplomatic ties with the Kadhafi regime prior to the conflict before joining international efforts against the leader.

He told party supporters that strengthening the country`s position in Libya was "important for oil and gas supplies."

Eni, in which the Italian state holds a third share, was previously the main foreign hydrocarbon producer operating in Libya.

In order to maintain that situation Rome recently signed a deal with the new Libyan authorities.
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