As you must be undoubtedly aware that Libya‘s President Colonol Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after an assault on his hometown of Sirte by the revolutionary forces which were supported by the NATO and U.S. Gaddafi had been the President of Libya for over four decades (since 1969) and had on/off relationship with the U.S.
We have compiled a list of 10 facts about Gaddafi that you might find interesting:
10- Muammar Gaddafi was born in Qasr Abu Hadi (a large rural farming area near Sirte), in june 1942. He came into power as a result of a bloodless coup d’état in 1969.
9- Muammar Gaddafi is the longest-serving Arab leader and the fourth longest serving non-royal leader of the 20th century. He served for 42 years and 49 days as the Libyan head of state. He master minded various terrorist attacks on the west during his tenure due to which Gaddafi, his son and his spy chief, are still wanted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.
8- After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Gaddafi expected the same thing happening to him in the near future therefore he showed off all of Libya’s nuclear arsenal to the world and officially ended the national nuclear program of Libya. He also unveiled Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan’s secret nuclear network to the west in the hope of betterment of relations with United States.
7- In a meeting of traditional African rulers in 2008, Gaddafi bestowed upon himself the title of “King of Kings”.
6- In January 2002 Gaddafi purchased a 7.5% share of Italian football club Juventus for US$21 million, through the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company. Gaddafi donated large sums to Pakistan for its nuclear program in early 80’s.
5- Gaddafi has eight biological children, seven of them sons. They are Muhammad al-Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Muammar Al-Gaddafi, Saadi Gaddafi, Mutassim Gaddafi, Saif Al Arab, Khamis, Ayesha al-Gaddafi, Hanna and Milad.
4- Former United States President Ronald Reagan called Gaddafi a “mad dog” and sent warplanes to bomb his Bab al-Aziziyah compound in 1986, after the bombing of a West Berlin discotheque he blamed on Libyan agents. Gaddafi reportedly lost his 4 year adopted daughter in that attack (dubbed Operation El Dorado Canyon) but now after 25 years it has been confirmed that the Gaddafi’s adopted daughter survived the attack along with Gaddafi and the dead body shown by Libya in 1986 was of someone else.
3- Gaddafi was one of the founding members of O.I.C (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) and actively called on all arab leaders to adopt ‘Gold Dinars‘. He also urged the whole arab world to trade oil only in gold dinars, which he termed as true wealth – many conspiracy theories call it to be the main secret reason of Libyan intervention by the west.
2- Gaddafi loved female bodyguards and had a whole brigade of female bodyguards called Amazonian guards, who are believed to have taken a vow of chastity and pledged their lives to protect their leader.
1- Gaddafi used to vow that he would never leave his country even if he has to die, therefore he did what he said.