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The Rise and Fall of Qaddafi: Slideshow

By History.com Staff
On October 20, Libya’s interim government announced that Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi, who ruled the country for more than 40 years, had died after being captured during fighting in his hometown. The controversial leader had gone into hiding as revolutionaries overwhelmed loyalist forces during an eight-month civil war that began earlier this year. After rising to power in a military coup in 1969, Qaddafi spent decades as an outspoken proponent of Arab nationalism and drew criticism for his authoritarian regime. Find out more about his fast rise, his dramatic fall and his role in Libyan history.

To learn more about Qaddafi, read his biography on BIO.com.

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