Gadhafi Is Dead

By Dialogo
October 20, 2011

Ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has died and Sirte is free, announced the new Libyan authorities Thursday morning.

Reports from Libya said that Gadhafi was killed when his native city of Sirte was taken on October 20.

One of the leaders of Libya’s National Transition Council (NTC) told the AFP that he had seen Gadhafi with his own eyes, and that the former Libyan dictator had been gravely hurt.

For their part, NATO announced in a statement the same day that planes from the Atlantic Alliance bombed two vehicles of pro-Gadhafi forces in the area surrounding Sirte.

They did not mention if toppled colonel Gadhafi was in that convoy, “which represented a threat to civilians,” according to the text.

On September 15, six days after the new Libyan authorities’ call for Gadhafi followers to disarm expired, NTC combatants launched an assault against the stronghold, supported by NATO forces.

It was in the surrounding areas of this important fishing and commercial port, known since ancient times, where the former Libyan leader was born in 1942. He had built an important and very modern and pompous conference center there, which contrasted greatly with the architecturally simple and very old rest of the city.