NATO Struck Gaddafi’s Convoy, Rebels Moved In For The Kill

(AP)   Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s dictator for 42 years until he was ousted in an uprising-turned-civil war, was killed Thursday as revolutionary fighters overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte and captured the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell.

Interim government officials said one of Gadhafi’s sons, his former national security adviser Muatassim, also was killed in Sirte, and another, one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam, was wounded and captured.

The 69-year-old Gadhafi is the first leader to be killed in the Arab Spring wave of popular uprisings that swept the Middle East, demanding the end of autocratic rulers and the establishment of greater democracy.

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Moammar Gadhafi has been killed,” Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told a news conference in the capital of Tripoli.

His death decisively ends a regime that had turned Libya into an international pariah and ran the oil-rich nation by the whim and brutality of its notoriously eccentric leader.

Libya stands on the cusp of a new era, but its turmoil may not be over. The former rebels who now rule are disorganized and face rebuilding a country virtually without institutions by Gadhafi’s design. They have already shown signs of infighting, with divisions between geographical areas and Islamist and more secular ideologies.

President Barack Obama told the Libyan people: “You have won your revolution,”

Although the U.S. briefly led the NATO bombing campaign in Libya that sealed Gadhafi’s fate, Washington later took a secondary role to its allies. Britain and France said they hoped that his death would lead to a more democratic Libya.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said it would allow Libyans “to free themselves from the dictatorial and violent regime.”

There were confusing reports of Gadhafi’s capture and death, and questions remained over exactly how he was killed.

Arab broadcasters showed graphic images of the balding, goateed Gadhafi – wounded, with a bloodied face and shirt – but alive.

Later video showed fighters rolling Gadhafi’s lifeless body over on the pavement, stripped to the waist and a pool of blood under his head.

While he was still alive, the fighters drove him around lying on the hood of a truck, perhaps to parade him in public. One fighter held him down, pressing on his thigh with a pair of shoes in a show of contempt.

Standing upright, he is shoved along a Sirte road by fighters who chanted “God is great.”

Gadhafi appears to struggle against them, stumbling and shouting as the fighters push him onto the hood of a pickup truck.

“We want him alive. We want him alive,” one man shouted before Gadhafi is dragged away, some fighters pulling his hair, toward an ambulance.

Most accounts agreed Gadhafi had been holed up with heavily armed supporters in the last few buildings held by regime loyalists in the Mediterranean coastal town, furiously battling revolutionary fighters. The battle for Sirte has been raging for more than a month.

At one point, a convoy tried to flee and was hit by NATO airstrikes, carried out by French warplanes. France’s Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said the 80-vehicle convoy was carrying Gadhafi and was trying to escape the city. The strikes stopped the convoy but did not destroy it, and then revolutionary fighters moved in on the vehicle carrying Gadhafi.

One fighter who said he was at the battle told AP Television News that the final fight took place at an opulent compound. Adel Busamir said the convoy tried to break out but after being hit, it turned back and re-entered the compound. Several hundred fighters attacked.

“We found him there,” Busamir said of Gadhafi. “We saw them beating him (Gadhafi) and someone shot him with a 9mm pistol … then they took him away.”

Military spokesman Col. Ahmed Bani in Tripoli told Al-Jazeera TV that a wounded Gadhafi “tried to resist (revolutionary forces) so they took him down.”

Fathi Bashaga, spokesman for the Misrata military council, whose forces were involved in the battle, said fighters encircled the convoy and exchanged fire. In one vehicle, they found Gadhafi, wounded in the neck, and took him to an ambulance. “What do you want?” Gadhafi asked the approaching revolutionaries, Bashaga said, citing witnesses.

Gadhafi bled to death from his wounds a half-hour later, he said. Fighters said he died in the ambulance en route to Misrata, 120 miles from Sirte.

Abdel-Jalil Abdel-Aziz, a doctor who accompanied the body in the ambulance and examined it, said Gadhafi died from two bullet wounds – to the head and chest.

“You can’t imagine my happiness today. I can’t describe my happiness,” he told The Associated Press. “The tyranny is gone. Now the Libyan people can rest.”

Amnesty International urged the revolutionary fighters to report the full facts of how Gadhafi died, saying all members of the former regime should be treated humanely. The London-based rights group said it was essential to conduct “a full, independent and impartial inquiry to establish the circumstances of Col. Gadhafi’s death.”

Later, Gadhafi’s body was paraded through the streets of Misrata on top of a vehicle surrounded by a large crowd chanting, “The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain,” according to footage aired on Al-Arabiya television. The fighters who killed Gadhafi are believed to have come from Misrata, a city that suffered a brutal weeks-long siege by Gadhafi’s forces during the eight-month civil war.

Celebratory gunfire and cries of “God is great” rang out across Tripoli. Motorists honked and people hugged each other. In Sirte, the ecstatic former rebels celebrated the city’s fall after weeks of fighting by firing endless rounds into the sky, pumping their guns, knives and even a meat cleaver in the air and singing the national anthem.

“We would have wanted him alive for trial. But personally, I think it is better he died,” Bashaga said.

The capture of Sirte, the death of Gadhafi, and the death and capture of his two most powerful sons, gives the transitional leaders confidence to declare the entire country “liberated.”

It rules out a scenario some had feared – that Gadhafi might flee deep into Libya’s southern deserts and lead a resistance campaign.

Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam told AP that Muatassim Gadhafi was killed in Sirte. Abdel-Aziz, the doctor who accompanied Gadhafi’s body in the ambulance, said Muatassim was shot in the chest.

The justice minister said Gadhafi’s son and one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, had been wounded in the leg and was being held in a hospital in the city of Zlitan, northwest of Sirte.

The justice minister said Gadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam, seen by many as his successor, had been wounded in the leg and was being held in a hospital in the city of Zlitan, northwest of Sirte. Shammam said Seif was captured in Sirte.

Following the fall of Tripoli on Aug. 21, Gadhafi loyalists mounted fierce resistance in several areas, including Sirte, preventing Libya’s new leaders from declaring full victory. Earlier this week, revolutionary fighters gained control of one stronghold, Bani Walid.

By Tuesday, fighters said they had squeezed Gadhafi’s forces in Sirte into a residential area of about 700 square yards but were still coming under heavy fire from surrounding buildings.

In an illustration of how heavy the fighting has been, it took the anti-Gadhafi fighters two days to capture a single residential building.

Reporters watched as the final assault began around 8 a.m. Thursday and ended about 90 minutes later. Just before the battle, about five carloads of Gadhafi loyalists tried to flee the enclave down the coastal highway that leads out of the city. But they were met by gunfire from the revolutionaries, who killed at least 20 of them.

Col. Roland Lavoie, spokesman for NATO’s operational headquarters in Naples, Italy, said the alliance’s aircraft struck two vehicles of pro-Gadhafi forces “which were part of a larger group maneuvering in the vicinity of Sirte.”

After the battle, revolutionaries began searching homes and buildings looking for any hiding Gadhafi fighters. At least 16 were captured, along with cases of ammunition and trucks loaded with weapons. Reporters saw revolutionaries beating captured Gadhafi men in the back of trucks and officers intervening to stop them.

The fighters looking like the same ragtag force that started the uprising jumped up and down with joy and flashed V-for-victory signs. Some burned the green Gadhafi flag, then stepped on it with their boots.

They chanted “God is great” while one fighter climbed a traffic light pole to unfurl the revolution’s flag, which he first kissed. Discarded military uniforms of Gadhafi’s fighters littered the streets. One revolutionary fighter waved a silver trophy in the air while another held up a box of firecrackers, then set them off.

“Our forces control the last neighborhood in Sirte,” Hassan Draoua, a member of Libya’s interim National Transitional Council, told the AP in Tripoli. “The city has been liberated.”

11 Responses to NATO Struck Gaddafi’s Convoy, Rebels Moved In For The Kill

  • The problem is AP is a repeater All lies

    Rumours of Muammar Qaddafi Spread by NTC for Hillary Clinton

  • This conflict was won by US/Europe, not the “rebels” and I fear this may turn out to be a modern day version of early-1950’s Iran. Beware of the “blow-back” !

    Let’s see if Libya turns out to be another failed Taliban-like state, with people (especially women) having much less rights than the lifestyle offered by
    Gadhafi’s form of rule.

    Reports indicate that the “rebels” contain questionable entities; links to Al Quaeda and other terror groups.
    While there are objectors to Gadhafi’s style of rule, Libya did modernise
    under Gadhafi. This cannot be said for other western-friendly countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc. (as Dr Marc Faber pointed out weeks ago).

    Where is the evidence that Gadhafi was responsible for thousands of dead during early 2011. About 200 deaths (on both sides) has been reported.

    Europe/US is feeling the financial pinch (inflated money supply, devalued currency, failed government policies over many years due to irresponsible politicians) and 2011 was the year where these entities decided that Libya’s oil and Gadhafi’s stance on promotion of a gold-based currency (gold dinar) for oil-based transactions should be dealt with in a manner for their own advantage. If middle-eastern oil could only be sold using a gold-based currency then the US/Euro currency zones would have been KAPUT !

    I suppose to avoid this …. Gadhafi had to go !

  • Don’t believe everything you see or hear. This is all propaganda. The truth will come out in a few days. How can anyone believes that Gaddafi is dead when the NTC always lie, so those the main stream media. The question is why do they want to make us believe that Gaddafi is dead? Do they want to track him down? Is there anything in the media or around the world they want to cover up? Do they want to cover up that there is still a war in Libya? Have they attack another country with us knowing? Do they want to declare the NTC officially so they can start robbing there resources? The war in Libya is far from over in fact most of Libya is green and there is expected to be a big surprise in Libya soon. The media focus too much in Gaddafi today even when they know the war is not over. Something happen somewhere that they don’t want us to know. We will find out what it is sooner or later.

  • I agree with the earlier post … this is all propaganda and the truth will come out in a few days. I don’t believe Gaddafi is dead … they made dang sure you didn’t get a good look at the person they were victimizing. The US government and corporate media lie so much it’s a safe bet they are lying now.

  • Much of the information in this article is false, and much of the true facts are omitted. For instance, what about the Green Resistance that is currently fighting against the so called “rebels” in Tripoli right now? What about the thousands of ordinary Libyans currently being held in concentration camps in the outskirts of Tripoli? What about the order by the TNC to kill or imprison any Libyan person with dark african complexion, under the bogus claim that all blacks are mercenaries? What about the fact that in tripoli, in July over 2 million Libyans rallied in support of their leader? What about the fact that all of the so called “evidence” the UN relied upon in issuing resolution 1973 came from 1 source, a civil rights NGO from Libya…which is staffed entirely by members of the TNC? No matter how hard the media pushes the narative that Gadaffi was a brutal dictator, it won’t make it true. The man was a true hero of his people. The Libyan system of government consisted of 6,000 basic councils that created the laws and allocated the money. It was a direct democracy with Gadaffi serving as a figure head only. Now Libya is a true dictatorship, with an unelected and unwanted foreign sponsored gang of Al Queda terrorists in charge.

    And Hilary is just beside herself with Joy. What a scoundrel she is.

  • The point of posting the AP’s article is to have evidence of what they first said about it so when the story changes we can prove it did, otherwise its just conjecture. This way we have proof. If you notice I sourced the AP right in the beginning of the article and put the link to the original story. I never claimed it was an original from anyone at FederalJack.

  • …..if Muammar Gaddafi is dead, at least he had the balls to come OUT of his “comfort” zone and face the people and land he loved. He KNEW what he was letting himself in for if captured, HOW could he stay “safe” whilst EVERY SINGLE DAY he saw the Brutal Atrocities that was being done to the ordinary citizens of Libya by nato and their dumb-arsed shooting in the air bitches?? Huh?? THAT is a LEADER plus all the HOG-WASH being Fanged on cnn etc. NOW take a good look at obama ( then WASH your eyes to prevent infection ) THAT Prime Piece of TURD would NOT DARE go OUT and face some O W S, nor would it go visit Tent City, apparently that’s THEIR fault, you know, SEE some REAL PEOPLE with REAL PROBLEMS many of whom helped to put that Bastard IN the white house IN the first place. He’s left many IN the CAN and many HOLDING the CAN on the sides of the streets. That I guess is what is meant he meant by”yes we can”. Busy all over the world Murdering Other peoples children WITH Other peoples children. It has NO TIME for Tent Cities many of which has grown under his & his buddies tenture at the big house! As for Killory Clinton WHAT is there to say, huh? For all her education she still behaves like Trailer Trash…….

  • since WHEN is a background check neccessary to leave a comment??? If some comments upset you or your associates , don’t open a comments box,just get the Fuck OFF the waves.

  • All comment sections on any website require an email and a name of some sort. Your comment makes you look like a troll.

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