End of an Era in Libya: Qaddafi Dead

Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi was confirmed dead on Thursday, captured near his hometown of Sirte. Here is a look back at how the "king of kings of Africa" came to an end. WARNING: Some images are graphic. 

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    Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi is dead, Libya's Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril confirms, Thursday. A spokesman for the National Transitional Council says Qaddafi died of wounds suffered during his capture near his hometown of Sirte.
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    Qaddafi killed

    Oct. 20, 2011: An image captured by AFP from a cell phone purportedly shows a wounded or dead Muammar Qaddafi.
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    1970: Muammar Qaddafi at the Cairo Airport . A U.S. official says Libya's new government has told the United States that Qaddafi, 69, is dead.
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    Dec. 1977: Qaddafi strolls during a break in a session of the Arab Nations Summit Conference in Tripoli, Libya.
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    Qaddafi and Castro

    March 8, 1977: Cuba's Leader Fidel Castro sits with Muammar Qaddafi in Tripoli.
    1977 AP
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    Aug. 21, 2009: Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of Pan Am flight 103 bombing, is accompanied by Seif al-Islam el- Qaddafi, son of fallen Libyan Muammar Qaddafi upon his arrival at airport in Tripoli, Libya.
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    Aug. 21, 2009: In this image made from television, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, right, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, is greeted by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi in Tripoli, Libya.
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    Jul. 27, 2011: Libyan man convicted in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, attended a rally in Tripoli in support of Muammar Qaddafi, according to Libya's state TV — another sign of defiance by the Qaddafi regime.
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    Dec. 20, 1984: Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi shares a laugh with newsmen during his news conference at Palma de Mallorca in Spain.
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    Sept. 1, 1987: Qaddafi holds a baton as he sits to review Libyan troops during the 18th anniversary celebration of Libya's revolution in Tripoli.
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    August, 1990: During an emergency Arab League summit in Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, left, is driven by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, right, in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.
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    March 22, 2005: Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, talks to Libyan leader Qaddafi prior the 17th League of Arab States' summit in Algiers.
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    Sept. 23, 2009: Muammar Qaddafi addresses the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
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    Feb. 25, 2010: Muammar Qaddafi is seen during prayers after delivering a speech in the city of Benghazi, Libya.
    2010 AP
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    June 12, 2010: Qaddafi talks during a ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the evacuation of the American military bases in the country, in Tripoli, Libya.
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    Aug. 29, 2010: Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi gestures as he arrives at Ciampino airport, near Rome.
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    Oct. 9, 2010: Muammar Qaddafi chairs the Arab summit in Sirte, Libya.
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    Nov. 29, 2010: Qaddafi talks during the first session of the 3rd Africa-EU Summit in Tripoli, Libya.
    2010 AP
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    April 25, 2011: A view of Qaddafi's former office, library and meeting room complex following a NATO airstrike.
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    Qaddafi captured

    Oct. 20, 2011: Libyan fighters celebrate in the streets of Sirte, Libya, in this image taken from TV. The Libyan fighters on Thursday overran the remaining positions of Muammar Qaddafi loyalists in his hometown of Sirte, ending the last major resistance by former regime supporters still holding out two months after the fall of the capital Tripoli.
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