Libya Dictator Gadhafi Killed; What's Next?

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Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has confirmed that ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces captured his hometown of Sirte.

"We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Moammar Gadhafi has been killed," Jibril told a news conference in the capital Tripoli.

Al-Jazeera aired video footage of a body resembling the dictator lying on the ground, bleeding from the head and stripped to the waist.

Click play to watch the updated CBN News report followed by analysis from Senior International Correspondent Gary Lane.

Fall from Power
      
For 41 years the North African nation was oppressed under the leadership of Gadhafi.

Last December, unrest started sweeping across much of the Arab world. Rebellions erupted first in Tunisia, followed by Egypt in January.

Finally, in February, the demonstrations had reached several cities in Libya.
    
Anti-government movements spread to the capital city of Tripoli where Gadhafi used violence to try and silence the protestors.

Elliot Abrams, a senior fellow for the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations, gives insight on what may happen in post-Gadhafi Libya.

Undaunted, the dissidents continued fighting against his forces and a rebel army was formed.
    
Gadhafi fought back, outnumbering the rebels and getting as close as 100 miles of Benghazi, their stronghold.
    
At that point, the United Nations intervened, voting to authorize military action in support of the rebels.
   
In March, American and European forces began a series of strikes against the Libyan strongman and his loyalists.

The foreign support shifted the momentum, allowing the rebels to advance. Nevertheless, Gadhafi refused to leave power.
    
In August, anti-government forces surged into Tripoli, gaining control of the city.  
    
With Gadhafi's where-a-bouts still unknown, the battle between his supporters and rebel forces continued until today when revolutionary forces took the dictators hometown of Sirte.

"Our forces control the last neighborhood in Sirte," Hassan Draoua, a member of Libya's interim National Transitional Council, told The Associated Press in Tripoli. "The city has been liberated."

Shouts of Victory

Subsequent reports of Gadhafi's demise were met with cries of victory.

Earlier, Libya's most senior leaders appeared hesitant to confirm reports of Gadhafi's death since in the past similar reports had proven false.

Still, Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam had insisted that rebel fighters "saw the body," and confidently anticipated the prime minister's confirmation.
 
U.S. officials have yet to confirm the reports but have said images of the body show on Al Jazeera television do appear to be the long-time Libyan dictator.

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