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Defense / National Security

In Focus: The End of Qaddafi and the Fall of Surt

October 20, 2011

Muammar el-Qaddafi has been killed in fighting in Surt, according Libya's Transitional National Council. Anti-government fighters had been closing in on Qaddafi's final stronghold in Surt, and reportedly attacked a convoy carrying the former leader today, capturing him. Qaddafi was apparently alive at the time, but died soon afterward. The uprising that began in February and built to an armed revolution has now claimed control of the country, the death of Qaddafi, and the capture of one of his sons today. Collected here are images from Surt over the past ten days, and of the events surrounding the death of Qaddafi. This entry will be updated later as warranted.



A tattered banner depicting Muammar el-Qaddafi hangs from a building during a street battle in the center of the city on Oct. 12, 2011, in Surt, Libya, eight days before the reports of the death of the former leader. Transitional National Council fighters say this is the final assault on Qaddafi's home town as they captured the main hospital, university, and the Ouagadougou Conference Center. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) View original.


02 Transitional National Council fighters take part in a street battle in the center of the city on Oct. 14, 2011, in Surt, Libya. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) View original.


03 A hat that belonged to a member of Qaddafi's forces lies on the ground amid spent bullet cartridges during heavy clashes against anti-Qaddafi forces outside the State Security compound in Surt, on October 9, 2011. (Reuters/Asmaa Waguih) View original.


04 Libyan Transitional National Council fighters fire at forces loyal to Muammar el-Qaddafi during street battles in the neighborhoods of Dollar and Number 2 in Surt on Oct. 17, 2011. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


05 Libyan Transitional National Council fighters sit atop a makeshift armored vehicle as they launch their final assault on loyalist troops in Surt on Oct. 19, 2011. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


06 A tank moves near a destroyed building after violent clashes with pro-Qaddafi forces in Surt on Oct. 18, 2011. (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori) View original.


07 Smoke billows from the Libyan town of Surt as the Libyan Transitional National Council fighters launch their final assault on loyalist troops on Oct. 19, 2011. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


08 Anti-Qaddafi fighters walk inside a hall of the Ouagadougou conference center which was destroyed by heavy artillery fire as they take control of the building known for hosting regional meetings for Arab and African leaders in Surt, on Oct. 9, 2011. (Reuters/Asmaa Waguih) View original.


09 Destroyed chairs in a conference room is seen after clashes between Libyan interim government forces and loyalists of Muammar el-Qaddafi in Surt, on Oct. 18, 2011. (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori) View original.


10 Meftah Ouedini, 30, from Libya is seen in a bed of a hospital in Hamburg, northern Germany, Oct. 19, 2011. Oedini is treated for spinal injuries in the Asklepios hospital in Hamburg. (AP Photo/Philipp Guelland) View original.


11 Libyan Transitional National Council fighters fire at loyalist troops on Oct. 19, 2011, during a battle in Surt's neighborhood Number 2, one of the last two bastions of ousted leader Muammar el-Qaddafi's gunmen. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


12 Libya's new regime forces fire their weapons at fighters loyal to fugitive strongman Muammar el-Qaddafi as a comrade plays a guitar during a battle in Surt on Oct. 10, 2011, in a drive to control Qaddafi's hometown after a monthlong siege. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


13 Libyan Transitional National Council fighters escort a pro-Qaddafi fighter (center) after he was captured during a street battle in Surt on Oct. 18, 2011. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


14 Transitional National Council fighters take part in a street battle in the center of the city on Oct. 12, 2011 in Surt, Libya. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) View original.


15 A Libyan Transitional National Council fighter fires at loyalist troops on Oct. 19, 2011 during a battle in Surt's neighborhood Number 2. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


16 A Libyan Transitional National Council fighter peeks out of a gaping hole in a building hit by a tank shell during a fierce battle on Oct. 19, 2011 in Surt's neighborhood Number 2. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


17 A Libyan Transitional National Council fighter falls to the ground after being shot during a street battle in Surt on Oct. 18, 2011. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


18 A Transitional National Council fighter screams after he was wounded by a mortar fired by forces loyal to Muammar el-Qaddafi during battles in Surt, on Oct. 12, 2011. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


19 Dead bodies of revolutionary fighters, who according to the revolutionary fighters were executed by Muammar el-Qaddafi's forces, are seen in the town of Surt, Libya, on Oct. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo) View original.


20 A fighter loyal to Libya's new regime the Transitional National Council tries to break down a door during fighting in the town of Surt, on Oct. 12, 2011, as they move in against Muammar el-Qaddafi's diehards in his hometown. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


21 A wounded Libyan Transitional National Council fighter makes the victory sign as he sits with an injured comrade in an ambulance before being taken to a hospital in Surt, on Oct. 14, 2011. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


22 People react during the funeral of a rebel killed in Surt by pro-Qaddafi forces in Benghazi, on Oct. 13, 2011. (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori) View original.


23 A Libyan man gestures towards a Transitional National Council fighter while being detained after a search his apartment in the restive Abu Salem neighborhood of Tripoli, on Oct. 15, 2011. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


24 Libyan women walk past pro-revolution graffiti in Tripoli, on Oct. 12, 2011. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


25 A wounded revolutionary fighter shows his injuries in Surt, Libya, on Oct. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo) View original.


26 A Qaddafi loyalist is captured by anti-Qaddafi fighters during fighting in the center of Surt, on Oct. 13, 2011. (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani) View original.


27 Transitional National Council fighters confiscate posters of former Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi in the apartment of a man suspected of being a loyalist in the restive Abu Salim district of Tripoli, on Oct. 15, 2011. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


28 Fighters with the Transitional National Council from the Tripoli Brigade guard blindfolded prisoners, allegedly foreign fighters with loyalist troops, outside the restive city of Bani Walid, on Oct. 18, 2011. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


29 A Libyan rebel fighter fires his machine gun toward loyalist positions in Surt, Libya, on Oct. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Brado) View original.


30 A man purported to be former Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi is seen in this still image taken from video footage on Oct. 20, 2011. Qaddafi was killed on Thursday as Libya's new leaders declared they had overrun the last bastion of his long rule, sparking wild celebrations that eight months of war may finally be over. (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori) View original.


31 Libyan Transitional National Council fighters gather outside large concrete pipes where ousted Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi was allegedly captured in the coastal Libyan city of Surt on Oct. 20, 2011. A TNC commander had told AFP that Qaddafi was captured as his hometown Surt was falling, adding that the ousted strongman was badly wounded. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


32 Libyan Transitional National Council fighters hold what they claim to be the gold-plated gun of ousted Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi at the site where the latter was allegedly captured in the coastal Libyan city of Surt on Oct. 20, 2011. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


33 A Libyan Transitional National Council fighter looks through a large concrete pipe where ousted Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi was allegedly captured, with a dead loyalist gunmen in the foreground, in the coastal Libyan city of Surt on Oct. 20, 2011. Arabic graffiti in blue reads: "This is the place of Qaddafi, the rat... God is the greatest." (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


34 Revolutionary fighters celebrate the capture of Surt, Libya, on Oct. 20, 2011. Officials in Libya's transitional government said Moammar Gadhafi was captured and possibly killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown of Surt. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo) View original.


35 Libyan refugees in Tunisia celebrate after hearing news that Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi was killed in Surt, outside their embassy in Tunis Oct. 20, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) View original.


36 Libyans wave their new national flag as they celebrate in the streets of Tripoli following news of Muammar el-Qaddafi's death on Oct. 20, 2011. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


37 Libyans waving Transitional National Council flags celebrate in the streets of Tripoli following news of Muammar el-Qaddafi's capture and death on Oct. 20, 2011. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) View original.


38 A revolutionary fighter celebrates in the captured town of Surt, Libya, on Oct. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo) View original.


39 Libyan nationals in Malta embrace after hearing news that Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi has been killed in Surt, outside their embassy in Balzan outside Valletta, on Oct. 20, 2011. (Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi) View original.

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