Libyan dictator Muammar Gadaafi who ruled the country from 1969 till his death in 2011 was killed during the Libyan civilian war that broke out as a result of protests against the Gaddafi government which was causing continued hunger and poverty across the nation. Muammar Gaddafi was said to have fled to Sirte on the outskirts of Libya were he was captured and tortured by the anti-Gaddafist militants of the National Transitional Council (NTC) with the aid of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Muammar Gaddafi who was said to have vowed to die a martyr of Libya rather than to step down and leave the country was reported to have been killed by a gunshot to the head during a crossfire between NTC troops and that of Gaddafi’s loyalists. The former US president Barack Obama with the persuasion of former US first lady and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, also joined forces with the NATO allies to bring down Gaddafi’s reign. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization formed by the USA, Canada, Britain, and other European countries) led the unfortunate rebellion that assasinated Muammar Gaddafi. Several accounts of Muammar Gaddafi’s death were given, such as him being shot in the stomach, while a video account showed him being poked or stabbed in his rear and eventually falling off a pickup truck which he was pulled into.
Although Muammar Gaddafi’s government was mostly categorized with numerous war crimes and mass human rights abuses, emails to and from Hilary Clinton during her time as the U.S Secretary of State which were leaked a few years back by Wikileaks revealed that the motive behind his assassination was far from just a humanitarian cause. Before Gaddafi’s death, the Libyan Central Bank which was wholely stated-owned had about 144 tons of gold in its vaults, which Gaddafi planned to use to introduce a gold-backed currency which he believed would have matched up to euro and dollar. However, the western powers saw this as a threat to their primary position in world affairs and aligned forces to take out Gaddafi and his promising plans for Africa which would have forced America and Europe to buy oil and minerals from Africa in the gold backed currency and in turn, given Africa’s economy a fighting chance at independence. Despite his war crimes, Muammar Gaddafi’s plans would have made a historic economic breakthrough for Africa.
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