Tag Archives: Libya

Graphic Video Shows Dead Muammar Gaddafi

20 Oct

Libyan revolutionary forces captured the city of Sirte after weeks of intense fighting and killed long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi following a lengthy gun battle.

Very graphic cell phone video shows a slain Gaddafi as fighters celebrate around him.

The Prime Minister of Libya confirmed the former dictator had been killed around 4:20 local time. One fighter said he witnessed Gaddafi being shot in the lower torso and then struck him in the head with his shoe, a grave insult in Middle Eastern cultures.

This image allegedly shows where Gaddafi was captured, a series of concrete pipes outside of hideout.

Here’s another image with a rebel holding Gaddafi’s “golden gun.”

Here’s video of Gaddafi after he was captured, but while he was still clearly alive. No word on what happened afterward.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received word of his capture between interviews in the Afghani city of Kabul. Her reaction was simple: “Wow!” The White House will hold a press conference on the events in Libya around 2:30 p.m.

Valeriy Tolmachev Attempts Hijacking On Paris-Rome Flight; Demands To Go To Libya

24 Apr


A man attempted to hijack an Alitalia flight from Paris-Rome Sunday night, but was overpowered by other flight attendants.  The 48-year-old man, from Kazakhstan originally and later identified as Valeriy Tolmachev from UNESCO, was in a “disturbed” state when he arose and assaulted a flight attendent with what appeared to be a pair of toenail clippers, according to the Corriere Della Sera (article is in Italian). He held the small knife to her throat for several minutes before he was overpowered.

He demanded that the plane be directed towards the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Thankfully, the other flight attendants and several passengers responded quickly and immobilized the man. A doctor on board the plane administered a sedative. The plane landed around 8:00 p.m. local time at the Rome’s airport.

The flight attendant was treated for minor injuries, but there were no other injuries. Tolmachev was arrested by police on the ground and taken away for questioning.

Last Photos by Chris Hondros

21 Apr

Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist and general good guy Chris Hondros was killed yesterday while taking photos of heavy street fighting in the Libyan town of Misrata. Lots of touching remembrances have emerged since his death was announced yesterday. His work appeared on the front page of the Washington Post on the day of his death. Hondros and renowned journalist Tim Hetherington were struck by a rocket propelled grenade and died shortly afterwards of their wounds. Two other photographers with them survived, though one was seriously injured.

Hondros submitted some photos shortly before his death. Here are a couple of them. For more, see the BBC.

South Korea Tries to Incite Unrest in North Korea

25 Feb

Balloons from South Korea

Hot on the heels of the unrest in the Middle East, South Korea wants North Korean citizens to begin their own uprising. They’ve employed a low tech solution to provoke them. In the past couple of days, members of the South Korean military began to fly balloons filled with leaflets on the unrest in the Middle East over the border and into North Korea.

The messages contain news of the uprisings in Egypt and Libya, suggesting “a dictatorial regime is destined to collapse.” More than 3 million leaflets have been sent to North Korea. When the balloons burst, the leaflets scatter.

There is no word on whether any protests have occurred in North Korea to date. The official news channel in North Korea has not reported on the situation in the Middle East. Earlier this week, China blocked phone access and the internet to prevent uprisings similar to those in the Middle East from occurring in their country.

A documentary about the situation in North Korea: