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Libya: The End of Qaddafi and the Fall of Sirte

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Muammar Qaddafi has been killed in fighting in Sirte, according Libya's National Transitional Council. Anti-government fighters had been closing in on Qaddafi's final stronghold in Sirte, 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 Sirte over the past ten days, and of the events surrounding the death of Qaddafi. See also How Qaddafi Fooled Libya and the World by Max Fisher. [39 photos]

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A tattered banner depicting Muammar Qaddafi hangs from a building during a street battle in the center of the city on October 12, 2011 in Sirte, Libya, eight days before the reports of the death of the former leader. National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters say this is the final assault on Muammar Qaddafi's home town as they captured the main hospital, university and the Ouagadougou Conference Center. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)
A tattered banner depicting Muammar Qaddafi hangs from a building during a street battle in the center of the city on October 12, 2011 in Sirte, Libya, eight days before the reports of the death of the former leader. National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters say this is the final assault on Muammar Qaddafi's home town as they captured the main hospital, university and the Ouagadougou Conference Center. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)
National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters take part in a street battle in the center of the city on October 14, 2011 in Sirte, Libya. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) #
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 Sirte, on October 9, 2011. (Reuters/Asmaa Waguih) #
Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters fire at forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi during street battles in the neighborhoods of Dollar and Number 2 in Sirte on October 17, 2011. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) #
Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters sit atop a makeshift armored vehicle as they launch their final assault on loyalist troops in Sirte on October 19, 2011. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) #
A tank moves near a destroyed building after violent clashes with pro-Qaddafi forces in Sirte, on October 18, 2011. (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori) #
Smoke billows from the Libyan town of Sirte as the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters launch their final assault on loyalist troops on October 19, 2011. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) #
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 Sirte, on October 9, 2011. (Reuters/Asmaa Waguih) #
Destroyed chairs in a conference room is seen after clashes between Libyan interim government forces and loyalists of Muammar Qaddafi in Sirte, on October 18, 2011. (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori) #
30-years-old Meftah Ouedini from Libya is seen in a bed of a hospital in Hamburg, northern Germany, Wednesday, October 19, 2011. Oedini is treated for spinal injuries in the Asklepios hospital in Hamburg. (AP Photo/Philipp Guelland) #
Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters fire at loyalist troops on October 19, 2011 during a battle in Sirte's neighborhood Number 2, one of the last two bastions of ousted leader Muammar Qaddafi's gunmen. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) #
Libya's new regime forces fire their weapons at fighters loyal to fugitive strongman Muammar Qaddafi as a comrade plays a guitar during a battle in Sirte on October 10, 2011, in a drive to control Qaddafi's hometown after a month-long siege. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters escort a pro-Muammar Qaddafi fighter (center) after he was captured during a street battle in Sirte on October 18, 2011. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) #
National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters take part in a street battle in the center of the city on October 12, 2011 in Sirte, Libya. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) #
A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter fires at loyalist troops on October 19, 2011 during a battle in Sirte's neighborhood Number 2. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter peeks out of a gaping hole in a building hit by a tank shell during a fierce battle on October 19, 2011 in Sirte's neighborhood Number 2. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter falls to the ground after being shot during a street battle in Sirte on October 18, 2011. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) #
A National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter screams after he was wounded by a mortar fired by forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi during battles in Sirte, on October 12, 2011. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
Dead bodies of revolutionary fighters, who, according to the revolutionary fighters were executed by Muammar Qaddafi's forces, are seen in the town of Sirte, Libya, Wednesday, October 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo) #
A fighter loyal to Libya's new regime the Transitional national Council (NTC) tries to break down a door during fighting in the town of Sirte, on October 12, 2011, as they move in against Muammar Qaddafi's diehards in his hometown. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) #
A wounded Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter makes the victory sign as he sits with an injured comrade in an ambulance before being taken to a hospital in Sirte, on October 14, 2011. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
People react during the funeral of a rebel killed in the Sirte by pro-Qaddafi forces in Benghazi, on October 13, 2011. (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori) #
A Libyan man gestures towards a National Transitional Council fighter while being detained after a search his apartment in the restive Abu Salem neighborhood of Tripoli, on October 15, 2011. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #
Libyan women walk past pro-revolution graffiti in Tripoli, on October 12, 2011. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images) #
A wounded revolutionary fighter shows his injuries in Sirte, Libya, on October 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo) #
A Qaddafi loyalist is captured by anti-Qaddafi fighters during fighting in the center of Sirte, on October 13, 2011. (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani) #
National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters confiscate posters of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi in the apartment of a man suspected of being a loyalist in the restive Abu Salim district of Tripoli, on October 15, 2011. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #
Fighters with the National Transitional Council from the Tripoli Brigade guard blindfolded prisoners, allegedly foreign fighters with loyalist troops, outside the restive city of Bani Walid, on October 18, 2011. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Libyan rebel fighter fires his machine gun toward loyalist positions in Sirte, Libya, on October 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Brado) #
A man purported to be former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is seen in this still image taken from video footage on October 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) #
Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters gather outside large concrete pipes where ousted Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was allegedly captured in the coastal Libyan city of Sirte on October 20, 2011. An NTC commander had told AFP that Qaddafi was captured as his hometown Sirte was falling, adding that the ousted strongman was badly wounded. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) #
Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters hold what they claim to be the gold-plated gun of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi at the site where the latter was allegedly captured in the coastal Libyan city of Sirte on October 20, 2011. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Libyan National Transitional Council fighter looks through a large concrete pipe where ousted Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was allegedly captured, with a dead loyalist gunmen in the foreground, in the coastal Libyan city of Sirte on October 20, 2011. Arabic graffiti in blue reads: "This is the place of Qaddafi, the rat... God is the greatest." (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images) #
Revolutionary fighters celebrate the capture of Sirte, Libya, on October 20, 2011. Officials in Libya's transitional government said Moammar Gadhafi was captured and possibly killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo) #
Libyan refugees in Tunisia celebrate after hearing news that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was killed in Sirte, outside their embassy in Tunis October 20, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
Libyans wave their new national flag as they celebrate in the streets of Tripoli following news of Muammar Qaddafi's death on October 20, 2011. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images) #
Libyans waving National Transitional Council (NTC) flags celebrate in the streets of Tripoli following news of Muammar Qaddafi's capture and death on October 20, 2011. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #
A revolutionary fighter celebrates in the captured town of Sirte, Libya, on October 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo) #
Libyan nationals in Malta embrace after hearing news that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has been killed in Sirte, outside their embassy in Balzan outside Valletta, on October 20, 2011. (Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi) #

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