NATO says it killed Moammar Gadhafi today

7 pm UPDATE:  Others doubt NATO killed Gadhafi:
Gaddafi is not dead! His son is not dead! Sirte is still under control of Green resistance!

InfoWars: Do You Believe al-Qaeda’s Claim Gaddafi is Dead?

By USA Today

By Filippo Monteforte, AFP/Getty Images

Ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed today, Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said.

By Marco Longari, AFP/Getty Images

Update at 2:53 p.m. ET: NATO will decide Friday to end the aerial campaign over Libya, according to diplomats, the Associated Press reports.

Update at 2:17 p.m. ET: Obama calls on Libyans to secure dangerous weapons and respect human rights.

“Today we can definitively say that the Gadhafi regime has come to an end,” Obama says in the White House Rose Garden.”The last major regime strongholds have fallen. The new government is consolidating the control over the country. And one of the world’s longest-serving dictators is no more.”

Update at 2:15 p.m. ET: President Obama says Gadhafi’s death “marks the end of a long and painful chapter” for Libya.

Update at 1:45 p.m. ET: France defense minister says a French fighter jet fired on the convoy carrying ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Gerard Longuet tells reporters in Paris on Thursday that the French strike stopped the convoy of about 80 vehicles heading for Bani Walid, but did not destroy it.

He says that fighters on the ground then intercepted the vehicle carrying Gadhafi himself.

Update at 11:37 a.m. ET: Al-Jazeera quotes a rebel fighter on the capture of Gadhafi as saying that the ousted Libyan leader had been beaten and shot by Libyan revolutionaries and was still alive when he was placed in a car for transport to Misrata.

Update at 11:13 a.m. ET: Al Arabiya quotes a Libyan military source as saying that protesters have encircled the convoy of another Gadhafi son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi.

Update at 11:11 a.m. ET: Reuters quotes a senior National Transitional Council military official as saying that Moammar Gadhafi’s son, Motassim Gadhafi, was killed by NTC fighters.

Update at 11:06 a.m. ET: Gadhafi’s bloodied body was loaded on top of a vehicle and taken to Misrata, a city that was besieged for months by his forces, the AP reports. A large crowd surrounding the vehicle chanted, “The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain.”

Update at 10:34 a.m. ET: “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Moammar Gadhafi has been killed,” Jibril tells a news conference in Tripoli.

Update at 10:32 a.m. ET: NBC’s Richard Engel reports that Gadhafi was not in a convoy struck by NATO planes as it left Sirte, but was found hiding in a drainage ditch. He was pulled from the hide-out alive and killed, Engel says.

Update at 10:22 a.m. ET: Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril says Moammar Gadhafi has been killed, the Associated Press reports.

Update at 10:17 a.m. ET: U.S. officials say Libyan leaders have confirmed that ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is dead, the Associated Press reports.

Update at 10:08 a.m. ET: Al Arabiya quotes unidentified sources as saying Gadhafi’s body has arrived in Misrata.

Update at 10:05 a.m. ET: Al-Jazeera carries on its website a graphic video that it says is a dead Gadhafi being carried through the streets.

Update at 9:48 a.m. ET: Al Arabiya reports that Gadhafi’s body has arrived in Misrata and that it would be allowed to film the corpse.

Al Arabiya and other networks earlier broadcast a photo that the interim government confirmed was the body of ousted Libyan leader.

Update at 9:43 a.m. ET: A Libyan fighter tells the Associated Press he was there when Gadhafi was shot with a 9mm gun in the lower body. Standing in front of a truck with a crowd of congratulatory comrades, he says he struck the former dictator with his shoe — a grave insult in the Arab world — waving the footwear in question for emphasis.

Update at 9:19 a.m. ET: Al Arabiya carries a combined report from AFP and Reuters that quotes Abdel Hafez Ghoga said, a spokesman for the National Transitional Council, as saying: “We announce to the world that Qaddafi has been killed at the hands of the revolution. It is a historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Qaddafi has met his fate.”

NTC official Abdel Majid Mlegta tells Reuters that Gadhafi was “hit in the head” in an attack on him and his convoy as he was fleeing his hide-out in Sirte. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died,” Mlegta says according to Reuters.

Update at 9:09 a.m. ET: Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam says he has confirmed that Gadhafi was dead from fighters who said they saw the body, the Associated Press reports. Shammam says he expects the prime minister to confirm the death soon, noting that past reports emerged “before making 100% confirmation.”

“Our people in Sirte saw the body … Mustafa Abdul-Jalil will confirm it soon,” he tells the AP. “Revolutionaries say Gadhafi was in a convoy and that they attacked the convoy.”

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

Update at 9:07 a.m. ET: Al Arabiya reports that Gadhafi was found hiding in a basement in Sirte with his minister of defense.

Update at 9:02 a.m. ET: The Guardian is carrying on its website a photo from a cellphone purportedly showing Gadhafi’s arrest.

Update at 8:52 a.m. ET: NTC Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam tells CNN that all indications are that Gadhafi was killed by NTC forces. He tells CNN that Gadhafi was injured while trying to flee a house under attack in Sirte.

Update at 8:39 am. ET: Bel Haj, the military chief for the National Transition Council, tells Al-Jazeera that Gadhafi has been killed.

Update at 8:29 a.m. ET: Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the National Transitional Council, will address the Libyan nation shortly, Al Jazeera reports.

Update at 8:27 a.m. ET: A pro-Gadhafi TV website denies reports that the former Libyan leader has been been killed or captured, Al-Jazeera reports. “The reports peddled by the lackeys of NATO about the capture or death of the brother leader, Moammar Gadhafi, are baseless,” saiys Al-Libiya television. Gadhafi “is in good health,” it adds. Reports that Gadhafi was killed or captured “are nothing but rumors. It is not the first time they resort to this kind of disinformation,” the report notes.

Update at 8:23 a.m. ET: Al Jazeera’s Tony Birtley, reporting from Sirte, says it appears that the last hundred or so of Gadhafi loyalists tried to make a run for it and that 95% is under the control of the NTC forces.

Update at 8:14 a.m. ET: The Misrata Military Council, one of multiple command groups for revolutionary forces, says its fighters captured Gadhafi in Sirte, the Associated Press reports. Another commander, Abdel-Basit Haroun, tells the AP that Gadhafi was killed when an airstrike hit a convoy trying to flee.

The spokesman for Libya’s transitional government, Jalal al-Gallal, and its military spokesman Abdul-Rahman Busin, however, say the reports have not been confirmed. A NATO official also says the alliance could not independently confirmed, the AP reports.

Update at 8:03 a.m. ET: The BBC’s Caroline Hawley in Tripoli reports hearing “quite a lot of celebratory gunfire.”

Update at 7:59 a.m. ET: Al Arabiya reports that the head of Libya’s National Transitional Council will be speaking shortly about some “good news” regarding Gadhafi.

Update at 7:55 a.m. ET: There are numerous unconfirmed reports that Gadhafi may have died of wounds inflicted when his convoy was attacked. Reuters quotes a “senior NTC military official” as saying Gadhafi had died of wounds suffered in his capture near Sirte.

Al Jazeera reports that its sources also say that Gadhafi has been killed, but again no official confirmation.

Update at 7:45 a.m. ET: A fighter from the transitional government tells Al Jazeera that Gadhafi has been captured, but cannot confirm whether he is dead or alive.

Update at 7:40 a.m. ET: Al Jazeera quotes unidentified sources as saying that Gadhafi has been captured and is “critically injured.”

Update at 7:38 a.m. ET: Reuters, quoting an NTC official, says a wounded Gadhafi was taken away in a hospital.

pdate at 7:35 a.m. ET: Libyan TV reports that GAdhafi is being taken to the city o

By Riccardio De Luca, AP

f Misrata, Al-Jazeera reports.

Update at 7:31 a.m. ET: Reuters quotes an official with the National Transitional Council as saying a woundedGadhafi was captured near Sirte as tried to flee in convoy which attacked by NATO.

Update at 7:28 a.m. ET: Former Libyan minister of information Ali Errishi tells Al Jazeera that top officials in the National Transitional Council have confirmed Gadhafi’s capture.

The Reuters reports says that Gadhafi was wounded in both legs.

Al Jazeera quotes an NTC official as saying only that a “high-profile target” has been captured.

The report come as the transitional government says it has seized Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte.

Original post: Libyan TV channels are reporting the arrest of Moammar Qaddafi in his hometown of Sirte, Al Alibya reports. There has been no official confirmation.

Al Arabiya, quoting medics, also reports that ousted defense minister Abu Bakr Yunis has been found dead in the city, which was one of the last strongholds of Gadhafi loyalists.

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12 responses to “NATO says it killed Moammar Gadhafi today

  1. Regardless of his actions whilst alive, imho it is not for a civilized people to wallow and sloth in the blood of its “enemies”. Seeing the first videos totally disgusted me. I have only disgust as the day wears on. It is not the way of a people who want peace to desecrate a body by wallowing the affair of that death. Call me crazy, call me a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

  2. No Morgana, you are not the only one.
    Killing is disgusting, gloating over killing is disgusting.
    John Lennon was a good man. His message true and touching.
    NATO has become a war criminal organization, that is also disgusting.
    Gadaffi may have been less than perfect, but his people were far better off before this low, inhumane, imperialist, murdering group decided to oust him in order to gain resources control.
    Aside from all that, I find it strange that he was travelling in a convoy and that there seems to be different stories. A bit like the bin Laden “kiliing”. Just wondering!

  3. Others doubt NATO killed Gadhafi:

    Gaddafi is not dead! His son is not dead! Sirte is still under control of Green resistance!
    http://alfatah69.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/gaddafi-is-not-dead-his-son-is-not-dead-sirte-is-still-under-control-of-green-resistance/

  4. I dunno. I just watched the Al Jazeerah video and that sure looks like G to me.

    • Could be him, BUT, video views unclear for conclusive id.
      What about all the varying reports? Typical media hype but still not conclusive either way.
      He is one person difficult to replace because of his long term help to his people and their regard for him. Even a son might have difficulty in achieving a strong following, if any sons left. One son was pictured with Hillary Clinton a few weeks ago. (Or was that another propaganda look-alike from the Whitehouse organization? Who knows what is going on?
      Certainly nothing good.

  5. No shortage of boogey men in this world. This time the cost of retribution has been high and once again a western coalition has provided the means for a country to completely destroy its self. I hope the best for the Libyans as the true battle starts now.
    When the American military is not busy supporting multiple wars around the globe they are often engaged in training abroad, coupled with humanitarian operations (from experience with the Navy SeaBees at least) the result is a show of good will with lasting effects. The current policy of encouraging violence and death is ridiculous at best, way to stoop to the enemies’ level.

    When I got to the bottom,
    I go back to the top of the slide
    And I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
    And I get to the bottom
    And I see you again, yeah, yeah, yeah!

  6. Welcome to the culture of Death – let’s celebrate the murder of a human being – Hillary is so cute when she laughs about assassination, and did you see her new outfit – It’s to die for.

    • Yes, this is the Culture of Death. In her book A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, Barbara Tuchman examines the Culture of Death in Europe in the 1300s (Death progressing through scenes of plague, war, famine, church and state corruption, crushing tax burden … ) and compares it with 20th century western culture. In the 21st century, Tuchman’s insight looks more brilliant than ever.

  7. InfoWars: Do You Believe al-Qaeda’s Claim Gaddafi is Dead?

    by Kurt Nimmo
    Oct. 20, 2011

    The corporate media is going into paroxysms over the supposed death of Muammar Gaddafi without much evidence beyond a couple blurry video captures taken from a cell phone.

    So far, there has been zero independent verification of the claim. The NTC – otherwise known as al-Qaeda – said earlier today it has whisked off the body to a secret location for “security reasons.”

    Despite the lack of evidence, the corporate media is now accepting Gaddafi’s death as fact. This is the same media that accepted the unconfirmed death of Osama bin Laden and told us Saddam had aluminum tubes of mass destruction.

    Meanwhile, as the corporate media parades the morbid image and celebrates murder, the Green Charter Movement in Jamahiriya claims Gaddafi is alive. From Gaddafi’s very own propaganda outlet, the Mathaba News Agency:

    “Green Committees have confirmed that the leader is alive, and that the enemy is seeking to take advantage of his being currently out of communications. The aim is to please Hillary Clinton who barked at her Arab slaves that she wants Muammar Qaddafi ‘dead or alive.’”

    Mathaba claims “NATO and Clinton are desperate to show a ‘victory’ in Libya, by way of a compliant media, and the NTC is anxious to provide that ‘victory’ for their masters, in order to secure further support. The NTC leaders and their factions are all fighting amongst each other, and are dissatisfied with the spoils, which so far have not been forthcoming due to the armed population putting up a fierce resistance, and the globalist bankers being unable to keep their promises to the Libyan traitors.”

    Minus any evidence either way, this makes as much sense as al-Qaeda’s boast that it captured Gaddafi and he died as a result of wounds suffered as a result of a NATO assault on his convoy attempting to flee the heavily damaged city of Sirte.

    Gaddafi’s body will probably never be offered by NTC-Qaeda for independent verification. In the days ahead, the government and the establishment media will declare victory, Clinton and Obama will make speeches, and Libya will descend into chaos because, as Rumsfeld said about Iraq, “democracy is messy.”

    [Then he provides several pictures and more videos.]

  8. “Update at 2:17 p.m. ET: Obama calls on Libyans to secure dangerous weapons and respect human rights.”
    HYPOCRACY!
    Unfortunately I don’t have the bold format available here to stress this ridiculous statement. (Also need spell-check so I can spell ‘killing’ correctly).
    It is so sad that there are millions of people out there in ‘whatever’ land the live in, (Never-never land, Noddy land??) who give credibility and respect to Obama and the rest of the warmongers, absolutely unbelievable!
    Oh dear!

  9. This whole blood spectacle is sickening, whether he is or isn’t alive. Never will I condone this, and YES! The present and previous admin’s should be indicted for war crimes. Walked past a news stand today and of course! the NYPost had to splash the alleged Qaddafi blood-and-gore show on the front page. Ugh.

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