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Netto Azure
October 20th, 2011, 03:54 AM
Libyan forces 'capture Muammar Gaddafi'
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15385955)

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/56173000/jpg/_56173787_jex_1206305_de27-1.jpg
The BBC's Caroline Hawley in Tripoli: "We've heard quite a lot of celebratory gunfire" (Still shoto shows NTC troops celebrating the capture of Sirte)


Commanders for Libya's transitional authorities say they have captured ousted leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.

The reports came after transitional forces claimed control of Sirte, Col Gaddafi's birthplace, following weeks of fierce fighting.

Col Gaddafi is said to be wounded. There is no independent confirmation of the reports.

The colonel was toppled in August after 42 years in power. The International Criminal Court is seeking his arrest.

"He's captured. He's wounded in both legs," National Transitional Council (NTC) official Abdel Majid told Reuters news agency.

"He's been taken away by ambulance."

AFP news agency quoted another NTC official, Mohamed Leith, as saying that Col Gaddafi had been captured in Sirte and was "seriously wounded" but still breathing.

A soldier who says he captured Muammar Gaddafi tod the BBC the colonel had shouted: "Don't shoot!"

The BBC's Caroline Hawley in Tripoli says although the capture is unconfirmed, ships and cars have been sounding their horns in the capital and guns are being fired in celebration.

Anyways I hope we don't have another gruesome and old fashioned Hussein-like hanging. :/

A Pixy
October 20th, 2011, 04:09 AM
I'm glad these people can rest a bit easier knowing their oppressor is going to go behind bars.

Let's just hope the cycle of Democracy -> Dictatorship -> Rebellion -> Democracy doesn't repeat.

PelipperMail
October 20th, 2011, 04:30 AM
Finally! This is great news! One of my close friends has a Libyan heritage - in fact he was born there, although he only lived there for a month... and he has been telling me for the past year or so (maybe a bit less) about how he's worrying for his family, and how much he wanted Gadaffi to be overthrown and have revenge exacted upon him...

Like you, Netto Azure, said, I'm not too fond of a public hanging (on video!), in fact, I'm not too keen on the archaic death sentence at all. Nonetheless I am happy for all of Libya. :)

Twiggy
October 20th, 2011, 04:36 AM
It's strange that right now, news are flipping between "he's captured and being hospitalized" and "he's dead" now.

Either way... I think Libya is probably a (slightly) better place now.

Cassino
October 20th, 2011, 04:41 AM
Anyways I hope we don't have another gruesome and old fashioned Hussein-like hanging. :/
'We'? As in the United States? I'd much rather see Libyans deal with their own people.

Netto Azure
October 20th, 2011, 04:48 AM
'We'? As in the United States? I'd much rather see Libyans deal with their own people.

Ah wrong use of words. I was using the pronoun "we" to describe us as viewing this event. Then again I agree with the whole self determination thing you're advocating.

Eliminator Jr.
October 20th, 2011, 04:49 AM
I hope this is actually real and not just a false news report. This (https://twitter.com/#!/ChasLicc/status/105419214327779328) is exactly what I'm talking about hahaha - there were so many articles about Gaddafi being killed or captured or whatever that it's hard to take them seriously. With that being said, it's been a while since Colonel Gaddafi has been featured so prominently in the news, so maybe this time it is real.

Netto Azure
October 20th, 2011, 04:51 AM
I hope this is actually real and not just a false news report. This (https://twitter.com/#!/ChasLicc/status/105419214327779328) is exactly what I'm talking about hahaha - there were so many articles about Gaddafi being killed or captured or whatever that it's hard to take them seriously. With that being said, it's been a while since Colonel Gaddafi has been featured so prominently in the news, so maybe this time it is real.

BBC, AlJazeera, CNN and the various US networks are attempting to confirm. So I guess we can at least say something big happened.

LadySurreal
October 20th, 2011, 05:35 AM
I hope it doesn't end up with corrupt governments replacing another corrupt government.

Went
October 20th, 2011, 06:33 AM
He's dead, all reports claim now. Apparently he was sent to a hospital but it was too late for him.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2011/oct/20/syria-libya-middle-east-unrest-live

The NTC had announced they'd hold elections 8 months after the end of the war, so that should be in late Spring/early Summer. Let's hope they can create a institutional system by then, after four decades of a nonsensical dictatorship.

GFA
October 20th, 2011, 10:47 AM
Bah. I'm staying a cynic. We have no reason to believe this should go smoothly ...

Although I've been listening to some BBC program called "World Have Your Say" which has been interviewing the NTC (National Transitional Council) Leaders and civilians. If the NTC Leaders really do take control and act as they say will, things might be alright.

Random thoughts:

I really want to know what Hisham Matar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hisham_Matar) has to say about this.

and ...

It's really weird hearing citizens of other African countries (Uganda, etc., etc.) calling in and saying how great of a leader he was.

Harley Quinn
October 20th, 2011, 10:53 AM
I don't think the rebels would have let him live long enough to take him to court anyway, they've been trying to capture him for eight/nine months (I forget which) and they clearly not going to have anything less than death.
Goodbye, Gaddafi. Four decades of suffering for the Libyan people and it's finally over. Hopefully.

Dixie Kong
October 20th, 2011, 11:14 AM
This news is so great that a local restaurant here is having discounts on food today. Not even joking, lol.

Mario The World Champion
October 20th, 2011, 01:05 PM
As soon as I turn on my TV and tune to CNN, I see this. The people of Libya can now finally see the light at the end of the long, dark tunnel that was Muammar Gadhafi.

People of Libya, I take my hat off to you all.

Hikamaru
October 20th, 2011, 01:17 PM
Well done Rebels! A battle you have won!

Libya is now a peaceful place to be now that you have triumphed over that wuss that was Gaddafi.

He may be gone, but some of his family still stand.

A new government means we get to see more of the red, black and green flag with the crescent moon to declare a new Libya.

And may my best Poke-buddy, Oshawott salute you with his scalchop!

Esper
October 20th, 2011, 03:58 PM
I'm glad this didn't turn into another Iraq or Afghanistan. Thankfully, the people of Libya were the biggest force pushing to get rid of Gaddafi and Western powers merely backed them with some planes and bombs. Definitely worth the $2 billion the U.S. spent. Let's just cross our fingers and hope that they can rebuild their institutions in time for an election. And that it'll be a fair election.

The Prince of Sweet Sorrow
October 21st, 2011, 02:55 AM
He's dead. They killed him the worst way, despite what they say; he's alive, bullcrap imho. What, they captured the tyrant they wanted to kill for 42 years, wounded him and let him in an ambulance?

Reddit
October 25th, 2011, 11:46 PM
My Reactions to Events in Libya
Gaddafi killed: Great! Now Libya will become a modern Democratic nation!
Libya declares Islamic Law: ಠ_ಠ