Clinton: Even if Gadhafi gone, challenges ahead for Libya
October 20th, 2011
09:36 AM ET

Clinton: Even if Gadhafi gone, challenges ahead for Libya

By National Security Producer Jamie Crawford

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Moammer Gadhafi’s capture or killing in Sirte, Libya would Gadhafi’s capture would “add legitimacy and relief to the formation of a new government.”

“There was a concerted effort by Libyans to liberate Sirte and it’s been going very well,” Clinton said in an interview Thursday with CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty in Kabul, Afghanistan just as the reports from Libya were emerging.

Clinton was not able to confirm the reports herself during the interview due to the conflicting reports coming out of Libya.

Clinton visited the Libyan capitol of Tripoli earlier this week to meet with NTC leaders and to congratulate the country on the progress the country has made.  She was the highest U.S. government official to visit Libya since 2008.

In her discussions with Libya’s governing National Transitional Council, Clinton said NTC leaders told her they wanted to wait until Sirte was completely free before they declared the country as being completely liberated.

“They knew if he was at large, they would have continued security problems,” she said.

Even if the reports on Gadhafi are true, Clinton said there will still be challenges ahead for Libya with mercenaries and fighters loyal to Gadhafi still on the scene.

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  1. BeanerECMO

    Anyone who believes (believed) that the uprisings in NA and the ME are (were) rooted in a cry for democracy is extremely naïve and ignorant; especially now that they have reaffirmed that the previously declared (months ago) ‘new’ constitution is based on sharia law – that’s not oppressive at all, is it? Let's see who can participate in choosing candidates and who can vote. The people behind the uprisings are anything but democracy seeking. There is, inter alia, the Muslim Brotherhood, AQ, Hamas and Hezbollah; all are funded by Iran and the Wahabist Saudi Government. And, with AQIL, MBIL, Hamas, & Hezbollah all insinuating themselves into all the uprisings of 'Arab Spring'; how near are we to coordinating actions with the rebel ‘team’ (while are arming them as well)? Do ya think that ‘team’ or Iran are going to back off against the western world any time soon?

    October 24, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
  2. Ayatollah Bear

    Picture essay of the "The Downfall of Qaddafi" and coming soon an analysis on the "Reconstruction of LIbya" at

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    October 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • Sandra

      How many other countries can we occpuy, for fuck's sake?? Enough already. We have issues at home that we desperately need to address we need to stop pouring money into other countries in support of wars and war-related expenses. Sometimes I think we just need to bring all of our troops home, wish those other countries the best of luck in sorting it all out, and sit back and wait for them to finish blowing the shit out of themselves.

      May 22, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
  3. Ed Peterson

    numerology for Muammar Gaddafi (killed Thursday October 20th, 2011):

    October 20, 2011 at 10:43 am | Reply

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