Since the big news is generally out that Muammar Gaddafi is dead at the hands of the Libyan rebels, I’ll just list some details I think are interesting. The first: Gaddafi is referred to as “the curly haired one,” by the fighters. The second: Gaddafi is the first Arab Spring dictator to be sent to his grave. At 11:oo am CDT, Fox is reporting that a convoy was headed out of Sirte. NATO called in an airstrike. They think Gaddafi was in the convoy. Unclear whether Gaddafi was wounded or killed by the strike. Note that at this early time, there are many stories and I have no idea what is true and what is not true. I will continue with ONGOING updates as info becomes available.
1) A BBC reporter says he was told by the man (Mohammad El-BiBi, about 20 years old) who captured the Libyan leader that Gaddafi was “brandishing” a “golden gun, which the young man took from him. The young man said he found Gaddafi, 69, hiding in a hole. Gaddafi said “don’t shoot.” This story says Gaddafi was taken to a hospital and was shot in both legs. See the gun in the first video below.
2) Gaddafi was found hiding between or in two large drainage pipes.
3) At some checkpoint, guards are handing out “revolutionary mints,” and “biscuits,” in celebration.
4) Al-Jazeera TV showed a body being dragged through the streets, presumably the body was Gaddafi. Source for 1 – 4 BBC
Man who captured Gaddafi has what is said to be his “golden gun.” (video)
The following video is violent and disturbing. It shows Gaddafi covered in blood on the top half of his body. It appears he being dragged. The Guardian says the video directly below is “unverified.”
If the video does not work, view it here.
Muammar Gaddafi wounded or dead in Sirte (video)
5) No news about Gaddafi’s wife or children.
6) Live from Fox 11:00 am CDT: A convoy was headed out of Sirte. NATO called in an airstrike. Unclear whether the airstrike killed or wounded Gaddafi. Fox confirms that he was found in a “ditch.”
7) 12:50pm CDT: Reminder – Ronald Reagan tagged Muaggar Gaddafi “mad dog.”
When he was interviewed by the BBC’s John Simpson, he noisily broke wind throughout their encounter….
During his travels abroad he was accompanied by a blonde Ukrainian nurse and insisted on staying in his Bedouin tent, protected by his team of glamorous, gun-toting female bodyguards…
In 1986, the bombing by Libyan agents of a Berlin nightclub, in which two off-duty American servicemen died, prompted President Reagan to launch airstrikes on Tripoli and Benghazi. Gaddafi’s adopted daughter was among 35 Libyans killed in the raid.
Two years later, on December 21 1988, came the most notorious incident of all – the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish village of Lockerbie, killing 270 people…
At his first appearance at the UN General Assembly, Gaddafi tore up a copy of the UN charter, likened the Security Council to al Qaida, and demanded 7.7 trillion dollars in compensation to Africa from its former colonial rulers.
During an official visit to Italy, he courted further controversy when he paid a modelling agency to find 200 young Italian women to attend a lecture he gave urging them to convert to Islam.
9) Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, considered a beautiful coastal town as Gaddafi poured lots of money into, has been a ghost town since Gaddafi disappeared. Source The Guardian.
Sirte was not like other Libyan towns. As the birthplace of Muammar Gaddafi, it had money lavished on it, serving as a monument and museum to his ideology.
For his acolytes, it was a good place to live. Ahmed Ibrahim, a former education minister, , had both a house and a neighbouring collection of holiday villas within a walled compound.
Mousa Ibrahim, his brother and Gaddafi’s spokesman, had his own home too, as did others in the favoured inner circle. Their villas in areas such as Hay Dollar and District Two were situated on once pleasant tree-lined streets.
Their cars – looted during the city’s protracted fall – were four-wheel drives, stretch limos, Mercedes and other luxury models.
The largest houses were spacious, with pleasant gardens and jacuzzis in the bathrooms – reward for service to Gaddafi.
The biggest buildings were temples to the hodge-podge of philosophy Gaddafi propounded in his Green Book, from the African-Arab unity slogans that plastered the vast Ouagoudougou conference centre to the tented pavilions where delegates would discuss ideology.
By the end, the green-painted surface of Martyrs Square – for all the world like a vast tennis court – was littered with empty shell casings, the neighbouring monument broken and shattered, the walls daubed with graffiti.
Only the few strange deep bunkers remained undamaged, carpeted and pristine, beneath the city.
Even to the end, the loyalists attempted to the keep his dream alive. Sirte was the centre of a cult of personality that existed there more fiercely than anywhere else.
Conflicting accounts quickly emerged about whether Colonel Qaddafi was executed by his captors, died from gunshot wounds sustained in a firefight, was killed in a NATO bomb blast or bled to death in an ambulance. But the images broadcast by Al Jazeera 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 Transitional National Council, the interim government, told a news conference in Tripoli. Mahmoud Shammam, the council’s chief spokesman, called it “the day of real liberation. We were serious about giving him a fair trial. It seems God has some other wish.”
Libyan television also reported that one of Colonel Qaddafi’s feared fugitive sons, Muatassim, was killed in Surt, showing what it said was his lifeless bloodied body on a hospital gurney. There were also unconfirmed accounts that another feared son, Seif al-Islam, had been captured and possibly wounded. Source: NYTimes
11) 1:58 pm CDT: Multiple stories now Gaddafi’s son, Muatassim, died in Sirte, and Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, has been captured. Saif if the son who welcomed back Pan Am bomber Meghrai and escorted him down the step of the plane. Saif was reported captured by rebels this past summer, but either the report was not true, he escaped or was released. For now, the story is that he is wounded and in the possession of “revolutionary fighters.” Saif was considered Gaddafi’s successor. Source: CBS
12) It will be interesting to see if BP’s oil leases off Libya’s cost will be honored.
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