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Muammar al-Gaddafi at the 12th AU summit, Febr...

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The leader de facto of Libya, Muammar al-Gaddafi.

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UPDATE:  President Obama confirmed the death of Libyan dictator Muammer el-Qaddafi in a 10-minute announcement from the White House this afternoon.

“Qaddafi has ruled Libya for four decades with an iron fist and we can definitively say that the Qaddafi regime has come to end,” President Obama opened his announcement.  President Obama said that the Libyan tyrant is “no more”

The President congratulated the Libyan people.  Saying that this is “a momentous day” President Obama also added that with liberty, “the Libyan people have a responsibility” now to form a government that will ensure “free and fair elections.”

President Obama also remarked that today’s victory for the Libyan people required a global “coalition” of NATO, Arab, and American efforts.


EARLIER REPORT:

Libya’s dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi has been captured and killed, according to unconfirmed reports.  Video has been released by Libyan rebels that shows what appears to be Qaddafi but the United States has not confirmed anything yet.

According to reports coming out of Libya and Al Jazeera television, CNN is reporting that rebels found Qaddafi hiding in a ditch after an airstrike.

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