With news of Muammar el-Qaddafi's possible capture breaking on Thursday, we decided to take a look at his rule in pictures throughout the decades.
In this 1969 file photo, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi (right) salutes as he appears with Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in Suez, Egypt.(AP Photo/Farouk Ibrahim)
Arrival of Premier Qaddafi of Libya in Beirut, Sunday, June 6, 1970.
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Photo of Libya’s strongman (center in civilian clothes) was taken at Baabda presidential palace in North Beirut, Lebanon, on June 9, 1970. Man on his right is Information Minister Osman Dana and at left is press-syndicate chief Riad Taha.(AP Photo/Harry Koundakjian)
United Arab Republic President Anwar Sada, right, and Lybian Muammar el-Qaddafi, pause during their meeting in Cairo on Tuesday, April 13, 1971. Gadhafi arrived in Cairo on Tuesday attend talks among Middle East leaders.
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Libyan Strongman, Col. Mommar Qaddafi reads a list of written questions aboard his presidential 707 jet on Nov. 21, 1973 during an interview by Associated Press newswoman Jurate Kazickas, right. The interview was conducted while en route from Tripoli to Belgrad.
PHOTO: AP Photo/Harry Koundakjian(AP Photo/Harry Koundakjian)
Col. Qaddafi (right) saluting as he stands next to Algerian head of state Houari Boumedienne of Algeria as they are greeted with the national anthems on their arrival at Kampala, Uganda, on July 29, 1975, for the Organization of African Unity summit meeting. At left, Ugandan President Idi Amin.(AP Photo/Harry Koundakjian)
Libya's leader Colonel Qaddafi during a break in a session of the Arab Nations Summit Conference, in Tripoli, Libya, Dec. 1977.
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President of Libya Muammar Qaddafi , at the Great Wall of China on Oct. 27, 1982, where he was heavily guarded by Libyan and Chinese.
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Qaddafi reacts at a parade in the Green Square, Tripoli, Libya, for the anniversary of the Green Revolution, Sept. 1, 1987. (Jon Redman/AP Photo)
Qaddafi leaves his aircraft upon arrival in Tunisia on Feb. 4, 1988.(Pierre Gleizes/AP Photo)
In this undated photo taken during an emergency Arab League summit in August 1990, Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi (left) is driven by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (right) in Tahrir Square in Cairo.(AP Photo/Farouk Ibrahim)
Qaddafi is seen here at a press conference in Tripoli on Aug. 12, 1990.(Axel Shulz-Eppers/AP Photo)
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, left, and the first president of independent Algeria, Ahmed Ben Bella, right, sit together prior to the closing session of the 35th summit of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) at the Palais des Nation, in Club des Pins, 25 kilometers (15 milels) west of Agliers, Algeria, Wednesday, July 14, 1999. Ben Bella was ousted in a 1965 military coup.
PHOTO: AP Photo/Michel Euler(AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Qaddafi takes a drink on Feb.5, 2001, during a long speech at a press conference outside his home, which was bombed by U.S. warplanes in April 1988. Qaddafi announced new evidence that he claimed would prove that Libya was not involved in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 over Lockerbie, Scotland. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
On May 29, 2007, British Prime Minister Tony Blair (left) meets Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi at his desert base outside Sirte, south of Tripoli.(Leon Neal/AP Photo/Pool)
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi gestures with a green cane as he takes his seat behind bulletproof glass for a military parade in Green Square, Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009. Libyans are celebrating Tuesday the 40th anniversary of the 1969 military coup that brought Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi to power.
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Qaddafi exits after addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 23, 2009, in New York City.(Photo by Rick Gershon)