Gaddafi Killed in or Near Sirte

By Karl Gotthardt

The Libyan Dictator Muammed Gaddafi, according Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has been killed during the liberation of his hometown of Sirte.   Reuters and the NTC (National Transitional Council) said that the dictator was killed after being found in a bunker.  While the reports are still sketchy there are conflicting reports.

Initial reports indicated that Gaddafi was in a bunker and was wounded in both legs by Revolutionary Forces.  Conflicting reports had him hiding in a hole, a bunker.  He later apparently died of his wounds.  The initial report indicated that Gaddafi was in the bunker and on discovery pleaded, “Don’t Shoot, Don’t Shoot”.  This is almost dejavous with the capture of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.  A second report says that Gaddafi tried to escape Sirte in a large convoy, which was stopped by NATO war planes.  In the second report it says that Gaddafi was killed by a shot in the head.   Regardless of which report is factual, the dictator is apparently dead.  One report indicates that his body is being taken to Misurata.

A video releases by Al Arabya seems to show the dictator alive and witnesses state that he had been shot in two legs and had a wound to his head.  Afterwards it appears that there was a gun shot to his head and to his shoulder.  This raises the question if the dictator was executed after his capture.

FOX News reported at 1:30 ET that Administration officials have confirmed that they believe Gaddafi is dead.  NATO confirms that it has dropped ordnance on two vehicles outside of Sirte.  President Obama addressed the death of the Libyan dictator at 2 pm ET.  In a statement he said:

“Today we can definitively say that Gadhafi’s regime has come to an end.  One of the world’s longest serving dictators is no more.”  He called for an inclusive, tolerant and diverse Libya that would be the ultimate rebuke to the dictator.  He acknowledged that it would be a long road.

“We are under no illusions, Libya will travel a long and winding road to democracy.”

The Lybian Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril says that Gaddafi has been killed.  Latest reports indicated that he was shot in both legs and a shot to the head.  It is not clear if the shooting occurred during or after the capture.

This is good news, even though the world is deprived of a trial.  Gaddafi had previously vowed that he would fight to his death.  The NTC, after the capture of Sirte, declared Libya liberated.  Celebration has broken out in the streets of Libya.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just completed an unannounced visit of Libya two days ago.  Her purpose was to provide support to the NTC.

Protests started in Libya in February and the Transitional government took shape in September after meeting with world leaders.

RT YouTube Video Here  The NTC says that this is a picture of the dead dictator.  An NTC official says Col Gaddafi‘s  son Mutassim has been killed, and his most prominent son Saif al-Islam is attempting to flee.


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Karl Gotthardt - Politisite Managing Editor Maj. Gotthardt is a Retired Military Officer with 35 years service in the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent most of his time in the Military in Infantry Battalions. Karl took part in training for Afghanistan as an Operator Analyst with the Canadian Maneouvre Training Centre. Karl is a qualified military parachutist and military free fall parachutist. He earned his U.S. Master Jump Wings in Fort Benning, Georgia. Karl enjoys working with horses for the last 24 year. He owns six. He has experience in breeding, training and of course riding.Karl was born in Germany and is fluent in both English and German and he speaks enough French to "get in trouble". Karl has written or writes at NowPublic, All Voices, Tek Journalism and many others.

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