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Gadhafi Is Reported Killed in Libya

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Posted on Oct 20, 2011
AP / Richard Drew

Former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi addresses the United Nations General Assembly in September 2009.

After months of local turmoil and international military intervention, a major development has occurred that constitutes the end of an era in Libya, as official media in the North African nation reported Thursday that longtime leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi is dead. The New York Times brought word about the circumstances surrounding Gadhafi’s death, although some of those details were still hazy when the story went to print.

Update: CBS News compiled details of Gadhafi’s end later in the day. Be warned: The video footage on CBS’ page is highly graphic.

The New York Times:

Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the former Libyan strongman who fled into hiding after rebels toppled his regime two months ago in the Arab Spring’s most tumultuous uprising, was killed Thursday as fighters battling the vestiges of his loyalist forces wrested control of his hometown of Surt, the interim government announced.

Al Jazeera television showed what it said was Colonel Qaddafi’s corpse lying on the ground, with a bloodied face, lifeless open eyes and an apparent gunshot wound to the side of the head, as jubilant fighters fired automatic weapons in the air. The images punctuated an emphatic and violent ending to his four decades as a ruthless and bombastic autocrat who had basked in his reputation as the self-styled king of kings of Africa.

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Qaddafi has been killed,” Mahmoud Jibril, the prime minister of the interim government, told a news conference in Tripoli.

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By heterochromatic, October 23, 2011 at 11:56 am Link to this comment

Silence ....becomes you. and it’s always amusing to hear a half-educated young’un
decide that everyone who knows enough to have outgrown sophomoric silliness is
“ignorant”.

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By blogdog, October 23, 2011 at 9:35 am Link to this comment

Silence is Complicity, I hear in your voice the passion and elegance of T. West:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A-BSVgW2r8&feature=related

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By Silence is Complicity, October 23, 2011 at 7:10 am Link to this comment

By blogdog, October 23 at 2:02 am

Thank you for sharing with us Thierry Meyssan’ article which highlights the unique achievements of Qaddafi. It certainly expresses the opinions of many millions, I would dare to say the majority in the Arab-Muslim world and beyond, with the exception of Europe and America.

The Libyan rebels are a bunch of thugs paid and supported by the bourgeoisie class loyal to the old monarchy which was toppled by Qaddafi and lost its privileged status after the Qaddafi socialist revolution. This bourgeoisie class were living all this time in European countries and America, and were awaiting and plotting all the time to get their opportunity for revenge. If it wasn’t for the financial and military support of the neocolonialists in Europe and the US, those bunch of rebels would not ever have succeeded.
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As to the misinformed and ignorant heterochromatic, (October 22 at 7:43)who took issue with my short comment, I would say:

“... may be the billions sane people of the world who know the bloody history of white America, starting with the annihilation of the natives, passing through the enslavement of Africans, and passing through their crimes in Hiroshima Nagasaki and seeing their imperialistic bloody wars in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and Libya to mention only few atrocities and crimes against humanity- those billions around the world who didn’t think that killing thousands of Americans by sending them into wars based on lies and fabrications, and of millions of non-Americans whose countries they invaded and destroyed, to be glorified later on by the fucking entertaining and colorful industry of Hollywood.”

“May be those millions of people around the world who think that American modern leaders starting with Ronald Reagan, Clinton, the two Bush, son and father, Cheney and ending with the current Obama, have much American and non-American blood on their hands and thus deserve to be subjected to a fair trial in a court of justice at best or to be targeted for assassination by high tech as was Qaddafi, at worse!!!!!!!!”

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By blogdog, October 23, 2011 at 2:02 am Link to this comment

from http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2011/10/the-lynching-of-muammar-gaddafi/

by Thierry Meyssan – Voltaire Network | Beirut (Lebanon) |

The death of Muammar al-Gaddafi was hailed with an explosion of joy in all the
government palaces of Western countries, but not by the Libyan people. For
Thierry Meyssan, this militarily useless murder was perpetrated by the Empire
not only as an example, but also to deconstruct Libya’s tribal society.

[...]

But above all, the Atlanticist (Anglo-American) media have failed to mention the
major achievements of the “Guide” (leader of the people’s revolution): the
overthrow of the puppet monarchy imposed by the Anglo-Saxons, the removal
of foreign troops, the nationalization of hydrocarbons, the construction of the
Man Made River (the largest irrigation project in the world), the redistribution of
oil revenues (he turned one of the poorest [nations] in the world into the richest
in Africa), generous asylum to Palestinian refugees and development aid on an
unprecedented scale to the Third World (Libya’s development aid was more
important than all the G20 states put together).

[...]

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By heterochromatic, October 22, 2011 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

@ Silence is ....better than ending all doubt


—-” an old weird leader, though funny, entertaining and colorful at times,”


maybe the sane people of the world didn’t think that killing a lot of Libyan
citizens because they wanted some little say in the government wasn’t all that
funkin entertaining and colorful…..


40+ years of a dictator’s murderous and terroristic ways ain’t funny.

you might be, but he wasn’t.

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By Silence is Complicity, October 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment

Another high tech assassination operation by the USA against an old weird leader, though funny, entertaining and colorful at times, after they used him and exploited the little common sense he demonstrated when he ended his program of nuclear weapons technology few years ago.

I hope and pray that the current screwed-up political-military American leadership will live to be shamed by all the killing and destruction they were part of in Libya for the sake of oil and the fast-declining evil empire!

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By blogdog, October 22, 2011 at 9:46 am Link to this comment

analysis you won’t find in TruthDing, Democracy Now or any other MSM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfUBbvKTW3Q&feature=player_embedded

PsyOps warfare: Resistance communication channels hacked right after
Gaddafi’s capture reports came out… One is to wonder… By MKERone -
http://counterpsyops.com/

As previously reported, right after the announcement by western
mainstream media of Gaddafi’s death, number of websites were hacked.

On of them is Algeria-ISP. It even published an article saying “We’ve been
hacked”. This article was published for the public to believe that everything was
back to normal. But it seems to me, and to many others, that the website is not
back under its genuine owners control. Indeed, news being published are mere
copies of western media reports. Which doesn’t match with the type of
information this website used to provide.

I don’t know who hacked it. But those who did are clearly trying to mislead the
readers. Algeria ISP is a website that’s been providing first hand information
from Libya since day 1. Therefore, hacking it is the best way to cut off the
resistance from spreading its messages.

The question everyone should be asking is, why did “they” (we don’t know who
they are, even though we can easily figure it out) hacked so many websites
right after declaring that Gaddafi had been captured and killed ?… While
mainstream media keep playing images of Gaddafi’s capture and videos
showing rebels dancing and taking pictures around its corpse, resistance
communication means have been cut. Isn’t that another way of implementing
Nato’s usual psychological warfare by spreading its lies and silencing resistance
voice ? 

If our analysis is right, that would mean that Gaddafi’s dead is a hoax. Let’s
wait until more information is available.

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By Oceanna, October 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

There’s been a rapid succession of 3 extra-judicial assassinations in 5 months. 
As if killing one person somehow immobilizes or hurts certain African,Mid
eastern or Asiatic groups, instead of creating martyrs and trails of death and
decimation.  Not to mention more terrorists, like children witnessing the bodies
their parents and siblings being literally blown up and apart . . .

But hey, we blew away a bad guy and things will get a lot better.  Like they have
in Afghanistan and especially in Pakistan.  Yeah, sure this is going to ease the
civil war between loyalists and the US backed groups composed of
fundamentalists and jihadists.  Way to go!

So who’s next in this fervor for taking down someone?  Yeah, whos’ the next
guy that’s going to be asked to step down before millions are spent and an
undisclosed or censored number of civilians are killed?  Of course, sacrifices are
expected that aren’t blood, like healthcare and education for Americans.  But
hell, those are socialist-based endeavors and or merely entitlement programs. 
Our national security has nothing to do with the economic health of the country
or the well being or lives of most of the folks who are financing it. 

I think the trajectory for assassinations was set in May.  I believe more are
promised.

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By heterochromatic, October 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment

prisnersdilema,

—-“Iran will have no choice but
to respond”—-

why won’t Iran have a choice?  they’re just friends, pris, they ain’t signed any
marriage contract.

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By doughboy, October 21, 2011 at 4:44 am Link to this comment

Forgotten in the coverage of Gaddafi’s death is the praise given to Bush junior
when he received praise for bringing Libya “in from the cold.” Fox News and other
conservative outlets heaped plaudits upon Bush when it was announced that
Gaddafi had forsaken all WMDs and sought to align himself with the West. This
was hailed as a great victory for the activist Mideast policy we are following. Help
with fighting al-Qaeda was also raised as a bonus for “our side.” Britain and France
rushed into economic deals with the born again Gaddafi. Now, less than ten years
later, we are again celebrating a victory in Libya—the death of Gaddafi. This game
is better than “heads I win, tails you lose.”

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By thecrow, October 21, 2011 at 4:23 am Link to this comment

“Reporters were also taken to Sabratha hospital some 10 kilometres from Sorman, where an AFP correspondent saw nine bodies, including two children. They also saw body parts including a child’s head.

Canadian Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, commander of NATO operations in Libya, insisted the military was targeted.

‘This strike will greatly degrade Kadhafi regime forces’ ability to carry on their barbaric assault against the Libyan people,’ said Bouchard.”

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/humanitarian-disaster/

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By PatrickHenry, October 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment

About time.  This was ruining our ‘superpower’ status.

What did he do to us again?

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By squeaky, October 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment
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Will the real Col. Gaddafi please stand up. Col. Gaddafi is probably having a good laugh right now as he finishs off his fine Chinese dinner in China.

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By skimohawk, October 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment

yeah, the video of Gadafhi being loaded into the truck sure looks to me like he’s still alive… at 0.19 (depending on which video you’re viewing) it would appear he’s got his hand up.
from what I’ve so far been able to understand, he was a sick old man.
but then, “due process” probably isn’t part of the lexicon of Libyan rebel forces.

so… 217 days so far… how many more years we will be “reconstructing” Libya?

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By rumblingspire, October 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment
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the monster, america has become, stains everything it touches.  especially in foreign policy.

the kid in arlo guthries song, “Alices Restaurant”,
the kid on the group W bench.
he wants to see veins in the teeth.
he wants to kill.
kill kill kill.

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By Spire, October 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment

IDI OBAMA strikes again. How is that Nobel Peace Prize working for us now? The Left who still have faith in this asshole should just kill themselves, or maybe worse, look into a mirror. He is coming after you next.

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By ardee, October 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment

“Every man’s death diminishes me for I am a part of all mankind.
Never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”

Reports noted that he was captured then executed. How ,I wonder, does this bode for the future government?

For those naive enough to believe this will cheapen the price of oil I think they will remain disappointed. For those who glory in this execution I have no words to express my contempt.

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By Spartacus, October 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment
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He looks pretty alive to me here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=INTN3WD9osA&feature=player_embedded

Probably shooting him in the head did not help curing him.

The oppressor is gone. Hail new oppressors!

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By Robespierre115, October 20, 2011 at 11:45 am Link to this comment

Looks like they took lessons from Obama in executing fugitives before giving them a fair trial.

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By skimohawk, October 20, 2011 at 11:38 am Link to this comment

how long before BP and Shell start pumping Libyan oil so the price of gas will go down?

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By ejreed, October 20, 2011 at 11:05 am Link to this comment

more links…

Muammar Gaddafi Killed, Sirte Taken  
Col. Muammar Gaddafi has been reported killed in his
hometown of Sirte, with widespread celebrations
across Libya. http://www.newslook.com/videos/363447-
muammar-gaddafi-killed-sirte-taken?autoplay=true
Gaddafi Captured, Wounded in Both Legs, Possibly
Killed  
Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been
reported captured, and possibly killed, as his
hometown of Sirte fell to revolutionary fighters.
http://www.newslook.com/videos/363429-gaddafi-
captured-wounded-in-both-legs-possibly-killed?
autoplay=true
Raw Video: Gaddafi Body Dragged Through Streets
National Transitional Council officials said Muammar
Gaddafi was killed on Thursday. Amateur video
purportedly shows footage of Gaddafi’s body being
dragged by NTC fighters along a street.
http://www.newslook.com/videos/363468-raw-video-
tripoli-celebrates-fall-of-gaddafi?autoplay=true

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By larrypsy, October 20, 2011 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

Democracy at work!

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By prisnersdilema, October 20, 2011 at 9:52 am Link to this comment

Almost ready to attack Iran….First a claim that Syria attacked our forces, when they
respond to our drone probes.  Since Syria is an ally of Iran. Iran will have no choice but
to respond….Then we will be in WW III…

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