There is no shortage of blurry cell phone videos and eyewitness accounts, but everyone is still having a hard time figuring out exactly what happened in Qaddafi's last living minutes. Libyan officials said Friday that the former dictator's burial has been delayed in order to examine the body and possibly learn more about the exact cause of death. The stall comes as the United Nations human rights office is calling for an investigation to determine if, as Libyan leaders say, Qaddafi was caught in a crossfire or, as still emerging videos suggest, was captured alive and killed more deliberately by bloodthirsty rebel fighters. From the many conflicting reports, we've done our best to build a timeline and detail the possible scenarios.
Qaddafi's Convoy Flees and a U.S. Drone Strikes
As the battle for Sirte (also spelled "Surt") raged on Thursday morning, an airstrike hit a group of vehicles fleeing the town. "NATO confirmed that it had carried out an airstrike on military vehicles near Surt, Colonel Qaddafi's hometown," The New York Times reports, though it remains unclear if the deposed Libyan leader was in that convoy." Rumors quickly emerged that a U.S. drone hit Qaddafi's convoy, and National Journal's Yochi Dreasen tweeted that the Pentagon "confirms US drone struck the convoy leaving Surt shortly before Qaddafi's killing." There's been no solid confirmation that the U.S. carried out the attack, some quickly credited American forces for halting Qaddafi's escape from Sirte.