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There were conflicting accounts about Gadhafi's final hours, with the interim government saying he was captured unharmed and later mortally wounded in the crossfire from both sides. A second account described how he was already wounded in the chest when he was seized and later sustained the other wounds. Interim government officials said one of Gadhafi's sons, his former national security adviser Muatassim, also was killed in Sirte, and another, one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam, was wounded and captured. Gadhafi's death decisively ends a regime that had turned Libya into an international pariah and ran the oil- rich nation by the whim and brutality of its notoriously eccentric leader. Libya stands on the cusp of a new era, but its turmoil may not be over. The former rebels who now rule are disorganized and face rebuilding a country virtually without institutions by Gadhafi's design. They have already shown signs of infighting, with divisions between geographical areas and Islamist and more secular ideologies. President Barack Obama told the Libyan people: "You have won your revolution." Although the U.S. briefly led the NATO bombing campaign in From rebel to terrorist to tyrant After four decades of iron-fisted rule, and months of civil warfare, former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was killed by revolutionary fighters in his hometown of Sirte. 1942: Moammar Gadhafi Is born in the central Libyan desert, the son of a Bedouin father who was once jailed for opposing the Italian oc- cupation. The young Gadhafi is expelled from high school for leading a demonstration and later, while in the army under King Idris, he is disciplined for or- ganizing revolutionary cells. 1940s 1969: While only a 27-year-old cap- tain, Gadhafi leads the coup that over- throws the monarchy. He soon becomes the undisputed ruler. 1977: Gadhafi pro- claims a ''popular revolution'' and begins imposing ''peoples' commit- tees'' as local levels of government, topped by a ''peo- ples' Congress,'' the equivalent of a parliament. Gadhafi, 1969 1950s 1960s 1986: In the 1970s and 1980s, Gadhafi increasingly supports terrorist groups. Libya is found to be responsible for a bomb blast at a Berlin discotheque frequented by U.S. troops, and they are punished with bombings by U.S. jets. Gadhafi is in the midst of an invasion of Chad at this time. 1970s 1992: The United Nations Security Council imposes sanctions on Libya to pressure the regime to hand over Locker- bie suspects. Gadhafi at the U.N. Libya that sealed Gadhafi's fate, Washington later took a secondary role to its allies. Britain and France said they hoped that his death would lead to a more democratic Libya. Arab broadcasters showed graphic images of the balding, goateed Gadhafi — wounded, with a bloodied face and shirt — but alive. Later video showed fighters rolling Gadhafi's lifeless body over on the pavement, stripped to the waist and a pool of blood under his head. Standing, he was shoved along a Sirte road by fighters who chanted "God is great." Gadhafi appears to struggle against them, stumbling and shouting as the fighters push him onto the hood of a pickup truck. He was driven around lying on the hood of a truck, according to the video. One fighter is seen holding him down, pressing on his thigh with a pair of shoes in a show of contempt. "We want him alive. We want him alive," one man shouted before Gadhafi is dragged away, some fighters pulling his hair, toward Mike & Vicki Hines REALTORS® 1-800-645-1435 www.goLakeCumberland.com office 606-561-8670 Mike's cell 606-875-0398 Vicki's cell 606-875-0323 an ambulance. Most accounts agreed Gadhafi had been holed up with heavily armed supporters in the last few buildings held by regime loyalists in the Mediterranean coastal town, where revolutionary fighters have been trying prevail for more than a month. At one point, a convoy tried to flee and was hit by NATO airstrikes, carried out by French warplanes. France's Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said the 80- vehicle convoy was carrying Gadhafi and was trying to escape the city. The strikes stopped the convoy but did not destroy it, and then revolutionary fighters moved in on Gadhafi. One fighter who said he was at the battle told AP Television News that the final fight took place at an opulent compound. Adel Busamir said the convoy tried to break out but after being hit, it turned back and re- entered the compound. Several hundred fighters attacked. "We found him there," Busamir said of Gadhafi. "We saw them beating him (Gadhafi) and someone shot him with a 9mm pistol ... then they took him away." Military spokesman Col. Ahmed Bani in Tripoli told Al-Jazeera TV that a wounded Gadhafi "tried to resist (revolutionary forces) so they took him down." Fathi Bashaga, spokesman for the Misrata military council, whose forces were involved in the battle, said fighters encircled the convoy and exchanged fire. In one vehicle, they found Gadhafi, wounded in the neck, and took him to an ambulance. "What do you want?" Gadhafi asked the approaching revolutionaries, Bashaga said, citing witnesses. Gadhafi bled to death from his wounds a half- hour later, he said. Fighters said he died in the ambulance en route to Misrata, 120 miles from Sirte. Abdel-Jalil Abdel-Aziz, a doctor who accompanied the body in the ambulance and examined it, said Gadhafi died from two bullet wounds — to the head and chest. "You can't imagine my happiness today. I can't describe my happiness," he told The Associated Press. "The tyranny is gone. 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In the old days, we had a revolutionary behavior.'' people can rest." The account given by Jibril after a coroner's investigation said Gadhafi was seized unharmed from a drainage pipe but was then shot in the hand and put in a pickup truck. In ensuing crossfire, Gadhafi was shot in the head, the government account said. According to an account from Hassan Doua, a commander whose fighters found Gadhafi, the former leader already was wounded in the chest when he was seized near a large drainage pipe, and then was put in the ambulance. Amnesty International urged the revolutionary fighters to report the full facts of how Gadhafi died, saying all members of the former regime should be treated humanely. The London- based rights group said it was essential to conduct "a full, independent and impartial inquiry to establish the circumstances of Col. Gadhafi's death." After his death, Gadhafi's body was paraded through the streets of Misrata on top 2010s 2011: Gadhafi's regime unleash- es the bloodiest crackdown of any Arab country against the wave of protests sweeping the region, which toppled the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia. The coun- try descends into a months-long conflict between Gadhafi loyalists and the opposition. AP of a vehicle surrounded by a large crowd chanting, "The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain," according to footage aired on Al- Arabiya television. The fighters who killed Gadhafi are believed to have come from Misrata, a city that suffered a brutal weeks-long siege by Gadhafi's forces during the eight-month civil war. Celebratory gunfire and cries of "God is great" rang out across Tripoli. Motorists honked and people hugged each other. In Sirte, the ecstatic former rebels celebrated the city's fall after weeks of fighting by firing endless rounds into the sky, pumping their guns, knives and even a meat cleaver in the air and singing the national anthem. "We would have wanted him alive for trial. But personally, I think it is better he died," Bashaga said. The capture of Sirte, the death of Gadhafi, and the death and capture of his two most powerful sons, gives the transitional leaders confidence to declare the entire country "liberated." Pan Am Flight 103 1988: Pan Am Flight 103 from London's Heathrow International Airport to New York's John F. Kennedy Inter- national Airport is destroyed over the town of Lockerbie, Scotland. The death toll was 270 people from 21 countries. 1999: In an early sign of trying to rehabilitate his image, Gadhafi hands over two Libyans charged in the Locker- bie bombing. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi is found guilty in the Lockerbie bombing two years later. 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