Bil Browning

UPDATED: Libyan Dictator Gaddafi Killed

Filed By Bil Browning | October 20, 2011 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Gaddafi, Gadhafi, Libya

I woke up this morning to the news that the last Libyan stronghold of dictator Moammar Gaddafi had fallen and rebel troops were dancing in the street. A few minutes later the first reports came in that Gaddafi was dead - killed by either Libyan National Transitional Council forces or NATO troops - while other sources say the leader was captured alive.

Reuters reports that Gaddafi was fleeing the city in a convoy when NATO warplanes attacked.

"We've had no confirmation whether Gaddafi was in there or not," said a NATO official who spoke to The Post's Michael Birnbaum on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly. Over the past couple weeks in Sirte, the official said, "there was a sense that given the fight they were putting up, which was concerted, that they were protecting something important."

Thursday, the official said, "we saw a convoy coming out. It was tracked by NATO. There was a limited amount of engagement." The official said that forces under control of the Libyan National Transitional Council had also surrounded the area and were engaged in heavy exchanges of gunfire with the convoy.

"We've seen nothing coming out of that particular pocket" of Sirte "until today, so it was unusual," the official said. The official described what had come under attack as not a single convoy, but "a number of different packets of vehicles attempting to break through."

Other news stations are reporting that Gaddafi was shot after being pulled out of an underground hiding place ala Saddam Hussein. I'll update this post when his death or arrest is confirmed.

Rebel troops have released a photo of the supposedly slain Libyan dictator taken on a cell phone. Other sources say that the photo is of Gaddafi after being captured alive and before being taken away by rebel troops. Twitter lit up with users worldwide re-tweeting the photo. It's after the break [WARNING: Graphic photo].

UPDATE: American and Arab media are confirming that Gaddafi has been killed. The Libyan Prime Minister has also confirmed the news. Al-Jazeera has released a video showing the slain dictator laying in the street. Video is after the break [WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC]


(Twitter screenshot via Washington Post)

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I was hoping Gaddafi would be taken alive.

There's a video clip out there that they believe was his last moment before death. So basically, I think he was taken alive, and reports suggest that he died from his wounds.

Not that it's that much different. Technically, though, it doesn't seem as though he was actually executed or officially "Wanted: Dead".

Actually, due to his horiffic rule I don't think there was any way one of his victims would let him live. It only takes one of them (and Libya is full of his victims) with a gun (and right now in the midst of a rebellion everyone has one to survive) and an opputunity to kill him.

...and who are we to judge? We killed OSB the first chance we could.

People who do evil to innocents have no place to turn but hell and should expect nothing more.

If only Castro could meet the same fate...

Geena I wonder if he would say the same about you? When I read your comment I read hatred. Am I wrong?

What? You people crack me up. So your defending Castro?
I could care less what the man thinks of me, he's worse than Gaddafi.

Ohhh, I forgot Cuba pays for SRS! Castro good guy. Viva Fidel!

You didn't answer the question.

Hate? Sure...Yes, I hate these dictators that starve, jail, bleed, crush, the human spirit and deny God given freedom to our human brothers and sisters.
Here is a list of the world leaders I hate:

Bashar al-Assad - Syria
Aleksandr Lukashenka - Belarus
Kim Jong 2 - North Korea
Robert Mugabe - Zimbabwe
Omar al-Bashir - Sudan
Thein Sein - Burma
Crown Prince Abdullah -Saudi Arabia
Hu Jintao - China
Sayyid Ali Khamenei -Iran
King Mswati - Swaziland
Saparmurat Niyazov -Turkmenistan

Oh, I get it you want me to put George Bush on the list!

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | October 21, 2011 9:29 AM

Why didn't you mention Democrat Bill Clinton? He murdered half a million Iraqi children. Or Hillary Clinton, who defends his infanticide.

Why don't you hate the Bushes, Obama or the mass murderers who direct the US armed forces genocide in Iraq and mass murder in Afghanistan, Panama, Pakistan, Palestine and a dozen other countries.

Why don't you hate the CIA, DIA, NSA and the other US agencies that routinely "starve, jail, bleed, crush' freedom fighters around the world, including LGBT hero Brad Manning.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | October 21, 2011 9:11 AM

Kaddafi, after a promising beginning as a nationalist became just another pathetic has been and tool of the criminals who run Wall Street, the WH and Pentagon. They murdered him to get better control over oil and luckily they didn't commit genocide the way the Pentagon did in Iraq.

Castro, on the other hand, was the leader of the movement that defeated the regime that murdered tens of thousands of workers and farmers to perpetuate the colonialist rule of US corporations and gangsters (who pretty much operate in the same way.) After winning the Cubans tried and executed a number of gusanos (worms) and then kicked their ass at the aptly named Bay of Pigs.

Unlike those monstrous mass murderers the Bushes, Clinton and Obama, and the totally discredited US military, Castro and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias are heroes to millions around the world. One of the reasons is Castro's ability to change and improve.

"Cuban blogger Francisco Rodríguez Cruz reports that the official papers for the January Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, its first in fourteen years, includes opposition to discrimination against LGBT people.

Cruz says that the document includes two new party objectives: 54. Confront racial, gender, religious, sexual orientation and other prejudices that may generate any form of discrimination or limit people from exercising their rights to, among others, occupy public posts, and participate in the political and mass organizations and in the defense of the country. And 65. To reflect in the audiovisual media, the printed and digital press Cuban reality in all its diversity regarding the economic, labor and social situation, gender, skin color, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and territorial origin.

Furthermore, the document’s introduction states that “the current challenges require (…) confronting prejudices and discrimination of all kinds that still persist in society.” CARE 2Make A difference

Geena I certainly was not attempting to criticize. I was simply curious. Thank you for answering. I can only speak for myself. There are certainly man people of power and influence that I would remove from their positions if I could. Many that I would also like to see face charges for crimes against humanity.

Sixteen things that will begin disappearing now that Kaddafi's been murdered.

Electricity bills will no longer be free for everyone.
Interest free loans for everyone will cease.

Homelessness will now be tolerated.

Newlyweds in Libya will no longer get a US$50,000 grant to buy their first home.

Illiteracy will again be tolerated. Before only 25% of Libyans were literate. Today the figure is 83%.

Education and medical treatments will no longer be free.
Farmers will no longer get, arable land, a house, equipments, seed and livestock.

The government will no longer pay for citizens to travel abroad to get medical care and educational opportunities unavailable in Libya. They'll no longer get US$2,300 per month stipend or a car allowance while overseas.
They'll no longer get a 50% government subsidy to buy a car or pay US 17 cents a gallon for gas.

Libya will no longer be free of debt or have reserves of US$150 billion. They'll be forced to pay off a huge military debt and a an even larger police debt when people find out what's in store for them.

Unemployed Libyans will no longer get unemployment compensation at the average salary of the profession they trained for.

They'll no longer get a portion of Libyan oil sales which previously was credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.

Libyan mothers won't be receive US$5,000 to help defray the expense of a new child.

40 loaves of bread will no longer cost US15 cents.
The number of Libyans with a university degree, now roughly one in four, will begin to decline.

Projects like the world's largest irrigation scheme, the Great Man-Made River project, will no longer be entirely subsidized. Asia Times, April 14th 2011