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Celebrating Reports of Gadhafi's Death on the Road to Misrata

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Unconfirmed reports out of Libya this morning say Col. Moammar Gadhafi is dead, bringing an official end to his four decades of brutal rule. Gadhafi has been missing since Tripoli fell to rebel fighters on August 21. Ibrahim Bayu, a Libyan citizen, joins the program from the road to Mistara, where celebrations are breaking out all around him.

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The Brutal Legacy of Moammar Gadhafi

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Unconfirmed reports out of Libya this morning say Col. Moammar Gadhafi has died of injuries he sustained when he was captured in his birthplace of Sirte earlier in the day. Adbel Majid of Libya's National Transitional Council was quoted by Reuters as saying Gadhafi was wounded in both legs and was carried away by an ambulance. Earlier in the morning, NTC fighters seized Sirte, the last city loyal to Gadhafi. If Gadhafi is indeed dead, it will bring an end to Libya's civil war. The BBC's Alan Little looks back at the strongman leader over his four decades of rule.

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Unconfirmed Reports: Moammar Gadhafi is Dead

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Unconfirmed reports out of Libya this morning say Col. Moammar Gadhafi has died of injuries he sustained when he was captured in his birthplace of Sirte earlier in the day. Adbel Majid of Libya's National Transitional Council was quoted by Reuters as saying Gadhafi was wounded in both legs and was carried away by an ambulance. Earlier in the morning, NTC fighters seized Sirte, the last city loyal to Gadhafi. Gadhafi has been in hiding since Tripoli fell to rebel fighters on August 21.

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Saddi Gadhafi Flees to Niger

Monday, September 12, 2011

Saadi Gadhafi, one of Col. Moammar Gadhafi's sons, has fled from Libya to Niger. The defection comes a week after a dozen top officials from the Gadhafi regime crossed into Niger, leading some to speculate that Col. Gadhafi may have fled there. The BBC's Thomas Fessy reports from Niamey, Niger about what these high profile defections mean for a new Libya and their West African neighbors.

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Armed Libyan Convoy Enters Niger

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

An armed convoy believed to be carrying loyalists to Col. Moammar Gadhafi crossed the Libyan border into Niger late on Monday. It is unclear whether the fugitive Libyan leader or his family were in the convoy. The loyalists may be heading to Burkina Faso, which has offered asylum to Gadhafi. The BBC's Jon Leyne, who is in Benghazi, says it would have been impossible for such a large convoy to leave Libya without NATO turning a blind eye.

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Papers Uncovered in Gadhafi Compound Show UK, US Rendition Operation

Monday, September 05, 2011

As Libyan rebels continue their hunt for Moammar Gadhafi, the military commander of the anti-Gaddafi forces in Tripoli says he wants and apology from the United States and the United Kingdom. The commander, Abdel Hakijm Belhaj, says he was tortured after being arrested in Bangkok in 2004 as a terrorism suspect, then transferred by the CIA and British intelligence agencies to a prison in Libya. A CIA document recently uncovered in Gadhafi's Tripoli compound shows "that the British and Libyans worked together to arrange for a terrorism suspect to be removed from Hong Kong to Tripoli – along with his wife and children – despite the risk that they would be tortured," according to The Guardian.

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What Does It Take for a Dictator to Surrender?

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Rebels in Libya continue to struggle with each other over who will control the country, and with Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists, who rejected their offer for the missing leader to surrender. Meanwhile, nearly two weeks over rebels took over Tripoli, Gadhafi remains separated from his wife and two children, who fled to Algeria earlier this week. What will it take for Gadhafi to step down?

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Opinion: Obama's 'Leadership from Behind' on Libya was Right Call

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

While Obama didn't have the foresight to lead on this, he did have the common sense to come down on the right side of history in the end. For that he deserves some praise.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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What's Next for Libya?

Friday, August 26, 2011

It's been a whirlwind week in Libya. On Monday, Libyan rebels stormed into Tripoli, effectively taking over the capital city and inciting celebrations and battles with Gadhafi loyals. Gadhafi's forces were holding foreign journalists under lock and key in the Rixos hotel, but finally freed them on Wednesday, as rebels surrounded Gadhafi's compound. As the rebels continue to search for the missing leader, the Transitional National Council is preparing to govern a post-Gadhafi Libya. What’s next for Libya?

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Inside the Mind of Moammar Gadhafi

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Over the course of his 42-year reign, Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi has garnered a reputation for being one of the most eccentric and unpredictable leaders on the global stage. Since assuming leadership of the country at age 27, his rule felt unshakable until the first series of uprisings in February. What makes him tick, and what could he be thinking now, as he continues to hide from rebel forces while his leadership seems to be reaching an end?

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Tripoli's Rixos Hotel: A Prison for Journalists

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Rixos in Tripoli was once thought of as one of the finest luxury hotels in the city, but for about 35 foreign nationals monitoring the uprising in Libya, it's become a sort of gilded cage. Journalists from the U.S. and U.K., hotel staff, and even a former U.S. congressman are being kept under lock-and-key by forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

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Defiant Gadhafi Tells Libyans to Free Tripoli

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The day after rebels in Tripoli overran his fortified compound, an unrelenting Col. Moammar Gadhafi called on his remaining supporters to continue to fight in a radio address. Gadhafi vowed either "martyrdom or victory" in his fight against the rebels and NATO. The pillaging of Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound brought an effective end to his 42 years of rule, though neither the compound or Tripoli is fully under rebel control.

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Fighting Continues in Libya, but 'Post-Gadhafi Era Has Begun'

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A regime like Gadhafi's doesn't just collapse and go away. It's clear they're continuing to fight, but also clear that they no longer control Libya; they might control a part of Tripoli, but that's it. The post-Gadhafi era in many ways has begun.

Mark Quarterman, senior adviser and director of the Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Where is Moammar Gadhafi, And Who Is Searching For Him?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The world was watching Libya yesterday, after rebel forces entered and took control of the capital city of Tripoli Sunday night, attempting to oust Col. Moammar Gadhafi, who is still at large. The streets of Tripoli today were a mix of celebrations and gunfire, as rebels and Gadhafi loyalists faced off. CNN reporter Matthew Chance said last night that he saw Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli. Seif al-Islam said that all of his family, including his father, was in Tripoli, and that the rebel's claims of capturing them were false.

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Who are the Libyan Rebels?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rebels and Gadhafi loyalists continue to clash today in Tripoli, but President Obama says the 42-year reign of Moammar Gadhafi is coming to an end. With the Transitional National Council poised to take control of Libya, we're taking a closer look at the leaders and tribes that make up the rebel government.

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2012 Candidates Praise Gadhafi's Fall, But Not U.S. Involvement

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

This president decided to follow, rather than lead... so he can't sit back now and claim 'look how well our strategy worked.'

- Presidential hopeful Herman Cain

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Libyans in New York Keep Close Watch on Tripoli

Monday, August 22, 2011

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Since opposition forces overran Tripoli this week and declared an end to Moammar Gadhafi's decades in power, Libyans in New York and elsewhere have been watching events unfold in their home country.

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Libyan-American Rapper Reacts to Rebel Takeover With Music

Monday, August 22, 2011

Libyan-American hip-hop artist Khaled M is celebrating the news that rebel forces have entered Tripoli with new music. For a few months, the rapper has been recording his first music video, an upbeat song titled “Lights Out.”  But he decided that it wasn’t appropriate to release feel-good music until Qaddafi was out of power.

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Transcript: President Obama Delivers Remarks on Libya

Monday, August 22, 2011

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I just completed a call with my National Security Council on the situation in Libya. And earlier today I spoke to Prime Minister Cameron about the extraordinary events taking place there.

The situation is still very fluid. There remains a degree of uncertainty and there ...

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Did Obama Win The War in Libya?

Monday, August 22, 2011

People will be able to say Obama got rid of Gadhafi, but for the Libyans this story is beginning rather than ending...It will be an interesting question whether Libyans can maintain any kind of stability themselves. If they can't, the West will really have to face the more difficult question of whether we go in on the ground at all to maintain order.

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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