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Libyan forces 'capture Gaddafi'. ›

Unconfirmed reports say Col Gaddafi has been killed, and AFP news agency obtained a mobile-phone image allegedly showing his face covered in blood.

The reports came after transitional forces claimed control of Sirte, Col Gaddafi’s birthplace.

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.

If the reports of Col Gaddafi’s capture are true, then Mohammed al-Bibi is the man of the moment. Brandishing a golden pistol which he said belonged to Colonel Gaddafi he was hoisted up onto the shoulders of his comrades.

"Allah akbar" (God is great), they chanted as they unleashed volleys into the air. Mohammed, a fighter in his 20s, wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap, said he had found the colonel hiding in a hole in the ground. He told the BBC that the former Libyan leader said to him simply: "Don’t shoot". (BBC News)

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Anti-Gaddafi forces 'seize Sirte'. ›

Libya’s transitional government forces have taken full control of Sirte, the last city where Gaddafi loyalists had remained holed up, fighters and reporters say.

Soldiers hoisted the new NTC national flag on buildings in the centre of Col Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown.

Unconfirmed reports quote officials as saying Col Gaddafi was captured there.

But Abdel Hakim Belhaj, the military commander of the National Transitional Council (NTC) in the capital, said: “We, thank God, announced that [Sirte] has been liberated.”

The NTC has said that this would be the point at which it would declare Libya liberated. The transitional authorities have said a new government would then be formed within a month, and the current administration would resign.

NTC fighters celebrated by firing in the air, and chanting “Allah akbar” (“God is great”), AP reported. (BBC News)

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Inside Obama's War Room. ›

Before Libya, Obama’s primary foreign policy decisions had centered on fixing the misadventures and mistakes of the Bush era: how to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, how to resolve the deepening disaster in Afghanistan, how to deal with Pakistan, how to get Osama bin Laden.

Going forward, he wrote, the U.S. would “avoid acting alone” and “reject the notion that lasting security and prosperity can be found by turning away from universal rights.” Democracy, he insisted, “does not merely represent our better angels, it stands in opposition to aggression and injustice, and our support for human rights is both fundamental to American leadership and a source of our strength in the world.”

It was a resounding rejection of the cowboy unilateralism and human-rights-be-damned ethos of the Bush era. “The burdens of a young century,” Obama insisted, “cannot fall on American shoulders alone.”

In recent weeks, the national narrative about Obama has begun to settle into a form of accepted wisdom. The president, it is said, has repeatedly failed to provide the kind of tough, uncompromising leadership needed to move the country forward on almost every front: jobs, health care, financial reform, the debt ceiling, Afghanistan.

"What the American people had started to question," one Democratic strategist explained to NPR, "is whether Barack Obama had the strong leadership and the courage of conviction to lay out a course and stick with it." But the untold story of how Obama decided to intervene in Libya – followed six weeks later by the successful assault he ordered on Osama bin Laden – reveals a commander in chief who has significantly departed from the agonized deliberations he engaged in just two years ago over how to reshape America’s role in Afghanistan.

Although the president consulted a wide range of advisers about Libya, from Middle East experts and Pentagon brass to starry-eyed humanitarians, he acted with unprecedented speed and decisiveness. It was the first war he started on his own – and the success of the Libyan rebellion is largely the result of the decisions he made at the very outset of the uprising.

"It isn’t leading from behind," says Anne-Marie Slaughter, the former head of policy planning at the State Department, rejecting a quote in The New Yorker by an unnamed Obama adviser that came to dominate the debate over Libya. "We created the conditions for others to step up. That exemplifies Obama’s leadership at its best. The world is not going to get there without us – and we did it in a way where we’re not stuck, or bearing all the costs." (Hastings, Rolling Stone Magazine)

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EXCLUSIVE: Libyan missiles looted. ›

Peter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch emergencies director, told CNN he has seen the same pattern in armories looted elsewhere in Libya, noting that “in every city we arrive, the first thing to disappear are the surface-to-air missiles.”

 He said such missiles can fetch many thousands of dollars on the black market.

"We are talking about some 20,000 surface-to-air missiles in all of Libya, and I’ve seen cars packed with them," he said. "They could turn all of North Africa into a no-fly zone." (Wedeman and Formanek, CNN)

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Convoys from Libya trigger questions about Gadhafi's whereabouts. ›

"We want them to hear it from us again that we will not harm, kill or hurt anyone if they drop their weapons," Kenshil said. He added that the NTC made clear there will be no retribution for residents of Bani Walid and that the new leadership of Libya will respect property rights.

"We follow the law and order," Kenshil told CNN. "This is a new Libya." (CNN)

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Libya conflict: Fear for civilians in Bani Walid siege. ›

The interim government says it is now sure Col Gaddafi’s son, Khamis, has been killed.

The National Transitional Council (NTC) said he had died in fighting close to Tripoli and was buried near Bani Walid. Muhammad, the son of former spy chief Abdullah Senussi, was also killed, it said.

No further details of the deaths were provided and Khamis’s death has been reported on at least two other occasions during the uprising.

Bani Walid, 150km (95 miles) south-east of Tripoli, is one of four towns and cities - the others are Jufra, Sabha and Col Gaddafi’s birthplace in Sirte - that are still controlled by Gaddafi forces.

NTC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil said the pro-Gaddafi bastions were being given humanitarian aid and time to surrender “to avoid further bloodshed”. (BBC News)

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War's forgotten: Tripoli Zoo animals suffer, lacking food, water. ›

During the CNN visit, the zookeeper arrived and explained that for seven days amid the turmoil of conflict in Tripoli, the animals got nothing. Now 10 of the 200-person staff have returned and are trying to feed all the animals.

"Water is these animals’ most pressing need," Robertson said. "And it seems without help in these sweltering temperatures, all the animals here will continue to suffer."  (CNN International)

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Rebels Set Deadline for Qaddafi Forces to Surrender. ›

Throughout Tripoli on Monday, there were signs of a transition under way. In the streets freshly decorated with rebel flags, residents preparing to celebrate at the end of Ramadan ventured from their homes and visited shops as they reopened. Young men breezily waved cars through checkpoints, which the rebels said they were starting to dismantle because of improving security.

"By Saturday, if there are no peaceful indications for implementing this, we will decide this matter militarily. We do not wish to do so, but we cannot wait longer," Mustafa Abdel-Jalil. (The New York Times)