Thursday, October 20, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi is dead

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According to news reports, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has died of wounds inflicted by NATO forces in his hometown of Sirte, Libya. He was 69.

The long reign of terror from Gaddafi has finally come to an end and now Libya is looking to the future.

Gaddafi's reign lasted for 41 years, making him the longest-running Arab leader as well as the longest-running non-royal leader.

He came to power in 1969 after seizing  power in a military coup. He abolished the Libyan constitution and imposed social laws based on his ideologies.

In February 2011, Libyan people began to protest the Gaddafi government, to which Gaddafi responded by killing men women and children.

Gadaffi was referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the UN for crimes against humanity and in June of 2011, the ICC issued warrants for his and his family's arrest. NATO forces took control of Tripoli and threw Gaddafi out of power.

Gaddafi fled to his hometown of Sirte where rebel forces protected him until early this morning.

He was captured trying to flee in a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked. According to National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid Mlegta, Gadaffi was shot in both legs and shot in the head.

A soldier who claimed he personally captured Gaddafi said his last words were, "Don't shoot! Don't shoot!" upon being discovered in a hole in District 2 in Sirte.

*Sources include Reuters 

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