Is Muammar Gaddafi still alive or have NATO got rid of him?

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Naples, May 11: What has happened to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi? In the last few days he hasn't issued any statement for the invading NATO forces or the rebels who are trying to put an end to his 41-year old regime. Is he still alive?

It seems no one has an idea as to what has happened to the flamboyant leader famous for having beautiful women as his bodyguards. Even NATO forces, who are conducting air-raids to stop Libyan army from attacking rebels.

On May 10, Cl audio Gabellini, a NATO spokesperson denied that any knowledge of Gaddafi's existence and said, "All NATO targets are military targets, which means that the targets we've been hitting are command and control bunkers..and it happened also last night in Tripoli. NATO is not targeting individuals."

He was speaking through a video-link from the Libya operations headquarters in Naples, Italy.

When asked about Gaddafi being dead or alive, he replied, "We don't have any evidence. We don't know what Gaddafi is doing right now."

NATO informed on May 10 that since it began its mission in March 31, its jets have conducted a total of 5,968 sorties, including more than 2,300 strike missions. On May 9 and May 10, the alliance resorted to some heavy bombardment and reports suggest that they targeted a military base and a compound used by Muammar Gaddafi.

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