View Full Version : LIBYA: Gadhafi's Son & 3 Grandchildren Killed In Airstrike, Vows Death To 'Invaders'

The Informer
1st May 2011, 01:04 PM
The Libyan government said Sunday that ruler Moammar Gadhafi's son and his three grandchildren died in a NATO airstrike, and vowed to retaliate with death to "invaders" in the nation.

Gadhafi and his wife were in their son's house when it was targeted, but they are in good health, government spokesman Musa Ibrahim told journalists.

In addition to Saif al-Arab Gadhafi, three of the ruler's grandchildren also died in the attack, he said.

CNN could not independently confirm the reports.

Saif al-Arab Gadhafi is one of two sons whose names begin with Saif. The 29-year-old is the sixth of his eight biological children.

Another son -- Saif al-Islam Gadhafi -- had previously touted reform, but has emerged as one of his father's most visible defenders in recent months.

The strikes destroyed the house in Tripoli, leaving a massive crater where it used to be.

The building was in a residential area of the capital, according to Ibrahim, who said the son killed was a student in Germany.

Ibrahim slammed NATO after the airstrike, calling it an illegal act and a "war crime."

A NATO official said in a statement Sunday that he was "aware of unconfirmed media reports that some of Gadhafi's family members may have been killed."

"We regret all loss of life, especially the innocent civilians being harmed as a result of this ongoing conflict," said Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard, commander of NATO's military operations.

"NATO is fulfilling its U.N. mandate to stop and prevent attacks against civilians with precision and care -- unlike Gadhafi's forces, which are causing so much suffering."

The NATO commander stated that all targets "are military in nature and have been clearly linked to the Gadhafi regime's systemic attacks on the Libyan population ... We do not target individuals."

A senior official in President Barack Obama's administration said the U.S. government is "very aware" of the reports, but cannot confirm who, if anyone, died in a strike until they see the evidence.

Gunfire broke out around Tripoli after the news came out. A crowd of demonstrators gathered around the ruler's compound. Images on Libyan state TV showed what appeared to be dozens of people chanting and waving flags.

Protesters could be heard yelling, "We want to redeem the martyr," and, "Oh youth, this is time for jihad."

They were joined at one point by Ibrahim, who told the demonstrators, "Every one of you are Saif al-Arab."

"We will make Libya the grave of all invaders," he told the crowd.


A spokesman for the Libyan opposition doubted the report of the death.

"In all honesty, we never heard of Saif al-Arab until the start of the uprising," the spokesman said.

"We don't believe this is true," said Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, deputy chairman of the Transitional National Council in Benghazi. "It is all fabrications by the regime in a desperate attempt to get sympathy. ... This regime constantly lies and keeps lying."

Earlier this week, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz said that "our own laws" would affect any decision to try to assassinate the ruler directly.

"Our job and our goal is to get a political solution, but through the means that we are allowed to by our own laws," he said.

This is not the first time the ruler has reportedly been at the site of an airstrike that killed one of his children.

In April 1986, his adopted daughter, Hanna Gadhafi, was killed when U.S. forces launched an airstrike that targeted his residential compound.

At the time, U.S. President Ronald Reagan said the strikes were an act of self-defense following the bombing of a West Berlin, Germany, club that killed two American servicemen and injured several others.

Source: CNN

Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
1st May 2011, 04:10 PM
Gadaffi should take a page outta Sadam Husein's book.

7th May 2011, 12:16 AM

Gaddafi gold-for-oil, dollar-doom plans behind Libya 'mission'?

Another reason why america and europe are trying to get rid of Gadaffi: NATO may have been trying to prevent Gaddafi from burying the American buck.