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NATO Airstrike May Have Hit Gadhafi’s Convoy

by John Reed on October 20, 2011

The latest AP reports out of Libya say that it was a NATO strike may have killed Gadhafi. We’ve got calls in to the Pentagon. More to come.

From the AP:

Libya’s information minister said Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell. Amid the fighting, a NATO airstrike blasted a fleeing convoy that fighters said was carrying Gadhafi.

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Bort October 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

This is sickening. Nato was not supposed to kill him. This just shows how things are really going down in Libya. A de facto Western war against an old enemy, turned friend, turned enemy. Who is next, Chavez?

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NotUAgain October 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

All dictators, and 'freely' elected Presidents for life, must be removed one way or another. Maybe 5 more thugs remaining. Of course removing a soon to be lifer, Putin won't happen, everyone else will.

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Will October 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Lots more than just 5 remaining thugs. Far too many for all to be gone at any 1 time. And Putin doesn't even make a list of 5 worst.

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LanceKant October 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

Bort, you should be surprised that NATO didn't kill Gadhafi in the months since the UN resolution.

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IronV October 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

Good suggestion…

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STemplar October 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I'm thinking cancer will take care of Chavez.

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jhm October 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm

nah diabetes

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Mike October 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm

This NATO intervention is going to backfire wait and see…..

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ew-3 October 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Am afraid you may be right.

Would not be surprised to see a map in 20 years that has a confederation of Muslim states from Somalia to the Atlantic.

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Foreign.Guy October 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

Ack, I really think they should have left this business to the Libyans. It would have best if we didn't assassinate him. Rather let the Libyans let him stand trial or execute/assassinate him on their own. Where else would he have gone?

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billw917 October 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

Give this a few days to get the information sorted out. Earliest reports rarely have the full story.

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Mastro October 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

One story I saw had Libyans shooting him as he ran away on foot.

We will see-

I admit its better if he was shot with AK by a Lbyan versus a Paveway by a US/UK/French plane- but frankly its all the same at the end.

We supplied air support for the rebels- everyone knows that.

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Mike October 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm

wouldn't it be something if it wasn't Gaddafi after all but a "stand-in." And he goes off into the sunset and lives on the billions he has squirreled away?

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AbleFable October 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm

We're not here for your oil or regime change… We came to help the people. Just ask Seria / Yemen / Africa… ummm… I mean… ahhh… well damn, Gaddafi was bad boy & didn't play nice, so remember Libiyans, if you nationalize your resources, we will be back. Yeah military coalition capatalism!

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STemplar October 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Actually the Arab spring happened because people were tired of these tyrants, some of whom we supported. However, it has been pretty consistent on our part to urge reforms to try and avoid violent change which clearly some regimes didn't/haven't heeded. Momo wanted to roll mechanized forces towards a city and bomb into submission and we said no. That's pretty much what happened and the order it happened in.

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mhmm... October 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I’m pretty sure the point he was making was we stepped in against Gaddafi. Where the europeans get oil. Yet nothing against Syria or Yemen. Heck Gaddafi was trying to put down an armed rebellion, as far as I’ve heard Syria has been killing unarmed civilians for months now

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STemplar October 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Syria sells oil to Europe, or it did until they slapped an embargo on them. Libya was easier to step into. I don't think it has to do with anything other than we weren't worried about taking action in Libya erupting into some larger regional conflict as we are in Syria. Although honestly the way Syria is going that will probably happen regardless.

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MCQknight October 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

From what I heard, Gadaffi survived an airstrike on his convoy and took shelter in a sewer pipe under the road. The rebels fired rounds into the pipe which repeatedly struck his legs, and he died of blood loss from those injuries.

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juan October 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Best thing about the Obama administration. It shows that even when America goes insane and elects a socialist radical like Obama, we still will bomb foreign capitals and assassinate foreign leaders.

How many countries is Obama currently bombing now? Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya, Uganda, Yeman. That's at least 7 off the top of my head. And there's probably more.

Obama is a stuttering clusterstuck of a miserable failure at economic policy, but I gotta give him credit — he sure does like blowing up foreigners. Especially Islamic ones.

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BigRick October 21, 2011 at 12:34 am

This wasn't Obama's idea, he was told to do this by his puppet master, and Obama always obeys his "daddy." Care to guess who that might be?

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blight October 21, 2011 at 11:39 am

…Kenya?

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crackedlenses October 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Nah, Obama just wants to get re-elected; invading countries seemed to work for Bush, why not for him?…..

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William C. October 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Didn't old Gadaffi have a ton of decoys? Why would the real Gadaffi be hanging around while rebels overran the place?

What happened to the loyalist forces anyway? We've all seen the photos and videos of the rebels driving around and blindly firing rockets from technicals, they aren't exactly an elite fighting force. I'm surprised the loyalists broke and ran so easily.

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STemplar October 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Sure looked like Kdaffy in the youtube l looked at. Also sure looked like plain ol bullet holes in his head as well.

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Lance October 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Good creep one is dead watch Al-Qaeda take over since alot of the rebels where Al-Qaeda fighter.

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morriswise October 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

There is no room for misfits in the worlds uniform financial order. Gaddafi was a misfit and had to pay the penalty for his arrogance. Only team players can survive, Gaddafi was warned to cool it, but he decided to fight rather than bow to the needs of international profiteers.

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JimS October 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Chalk another one up for the good guys.

I hope whoever comes next isn't worse.

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John B October 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm

It is a failed policy of obama and nato to remove kaddafi. He can only be controlled when he has something to fear, not when he had nothing to loose. The thousands MANPADs and other weapons are probably now in the terrorists' hands that could be unimaginably destructive to the free world.

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TA0018 October 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

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