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The Murder of Gaddafi
By the SB Crew, Compiled With Dispatches from and other sources
Oct 20, 2011, 12:30

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Ousted Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi was reported dead early Thursday, Oct. 20, outside his hometown of Sirte, eight months after the first protests erupted against his longtime rule and after NATO entered the ensuing civil war on the side of rebels opposed to his regime. Gaddafi was reportedly shot dead after his convoy was bombed in a NATO air strike.

Al Jazeera aired footage of Gaddafi in Sirte.
There are numerous conflicting reports about his capture and killing but the news came as the interim Libyan government said it had captured Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown, and the last major pocket of resistance held by fighters loyal to his rule.

Al Jazeera aired graphic footage and images, quickly spread viral throughout the Internet and much of the American media, of what appeared to be Gaddafi, naked to the waist, kicked around on the pavement by armed rebels. More video then surfaced on Al Aribiya, showing Gaddafi still wearing a bloodied shirt and seemingly taken alive.

One rebel reportedly flashed a gun made from gold, which he said he took from the 69-year-old leader after he shot him. Libyan television aired footage of two drainage pipes where it said Gaddafi was captured and killed.

Al Aribiya aired more deatiled footage of Gaddafi in Sirte.
The fall of Sirte follows weeks of fighting that left much of Sirte in ruins, forcing thousands of civilians to flee. The death toll is unknown, but it is believed hundreds of people have been killed. Libya’s governing National Transitional Council had said Libya’s post-conflict political transition could not fully proceed until Sirte had fallen and Gaddafi’s troops expelled. Celebrations have broken out in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in response to the news of Gaddafi’s capture and possible death. Gaddafi is wanted by the International Criminal Court for attacks on civilians during the Libyan uprising.

Throughout the conflict, numerous reports of atrocities against Black Libyans at the hands of rebel forces have gone largely ignored by the Western media. In June, The Wall Street Journal published an article quoting rebels referring to themselves as "the brigade for purging slaves, black skin."

In Sirte, a seeming majority of Gaddafi loyalists, who fought off the rebels for weeks and exacted a high casualty rate among them, were Black Libyans, including members of the Tuareg people who populate the Southern desert region of the country. Observers of the conflict are watching to see whether these rebels, the transitional government or NATO will also be charged in international courts for crimes against civilians, including hundreds of civilian dead in Sirte. The United Nations mandate, permitting NATO intervention in Libya, was for the protection of civilians and not regime change.

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