Gaddafi May Be Near the Algerian Border…Or Perhaps Not

Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) says that deposed leader Muammar el-Gaddafi’s whereabouts have been found: He is reportedly in Ghadames, 350 miles southwest of Tripoli and on the borders of Algeria and Tunisia; the city is a UNESCO heritage site with a walled old town and a large Berber population.

Tuareg tribesman, nomads who live in the Sahara in Libya, Algeria and Mali, are said to be sheltering Gaddafi for pay.  They have supported him since he backed their rebellions in Nigeria and Mali in the 1970s and allowed them to settle in Libya.

The last time Gaddafi was sighted was in Tripoli on August 20. He was reportedly seen by witnesses on an army base with his daughter Aisha, who entered Algeria the next day along with her brothers Hannibal and Mohammed, their mother, Safia, and other relatives. Another son, Saadi, has fled to Niger where he is said to be under house arrest. The Algerian government has warned Aisha to cease making statements to a Damascus-based TV channel, al-Rai, which has also broadcast statements from Gaddafi.

Hisham Buhagiar, coordinator of the hunt for Gaddafi, said to Reuters that “We are negotiating. The Gaddafi search is taking a different course.” However, Colonel Ahmed Bani, military spokesman for the NTC, said that Gaddafi’s whereabouts could not be accurately confirmed. The Guardian also quotes a Tripoli analyst who points out that Gaddafi “…spent 42 years fooling people and he’s doing the same now.” Indeed, the actual whereabouts of his family and officials of his regime are not so easy to pin down:

Tunisia said last week it had detained Gaddafi’s last prime minister after he entered the country illegally and sentenced him to six months in prison. But it emerged on Tuesday that Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi has been freed – despite demands that he be handed over to the authorities in Tripoli.

It was reported from Belarus, meanwhile, that a military plane from Libya landed in Minsk on Monday with 15 people on board. It was immediately moved into a hangar. The Belorusski Partizan said it was met by diplomats and intelligence officials, fuelling rumours that Gaddafi and his family were on the aircraft.

The NTC also says that, with help from NATO aistrikes, it has captured the airport in Surt, the birthplace of Gaddafi and said to be where his son Mutasim, his national security adviser, has been located after the NTC intercepted a phone conversation between him and Saif al-Islam, Gaddafi’s second son. Saif al-Islam is reportedly in Bani Walid; both it and Surt have staged fierce resistance for the past two weeks. Intense fire from snipers and artillery has kept NTC fighters from taking and holding territory inside Surt.


Previous Care2 Coverage

Mass Grave with Remains of Over 1,200 Found in Tripoli

US Embassy Reopens in Tripoli

Al Jazeera’s Director-General Abruptly Resigns

Photo of Gaddafi in Tripoli in March 2011 by شبكة برق | B.R.Q


K s Goh
KS G6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Huda G.
Huda G6 years ago

Freeman gordon o. I don't know where you got your information from, but its not CORRECT! I have many friends married to Libyans, Gaddafi does not pay half towards cars! He had some flats built for newly weds, but they rent them. The education you talk about is to propogate his GREEN BOOK, the classes are very overcrowded, the chilred yr 4 up go to school in the morning, yr 3 down go to the same school buildings in the afternoon. So parents are involved in the school run all day! In an oil producing country could they not afford to "build" enough schools to accomodate the children! Have you seen the health care facilities? I have!! Doctors with excellent skills, but no facilities to practice in! Visit Libya before you talk about what they have!
Thankyou to all the positive comments, for your empathy and understanding.

Ernie Miller
william M6 years ago


KAREN L6 years ago

The Libyans need to have Gaddafi found to have closure, much the same as the Americans felt abut Ben Laden, whether anyone else cares or not. I have a Libyan friend, and she said "we'll get him"......

Claire M.
Claire M6 years ago

I'm finding it really hard to believe they are actually trying to catch him.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

I don't care anymore- this is just a game now.

Sylvia M.
Sylvia M6 years ago

Time to Call in SEAL TEAM #6.

Alison V.
Alison Venugoban6 years ago

He's hanging out with Elvis ...

David Anderson
David A6 years ago

Everyone has to be someplace!

AbdulAziz A.
AbdulAziz A6 years ago

There is no doubt if Mad Gadafi did not upset US and the West then he would still be there and doing what he has always done. He had been at it for a very long time and the oil was in the minds of the West and for that time too.
It has been easy to deal with one mad man than the elected rulers so now we have total destruction of the country. This gives the corporates the chance to dispose of their old armaments and cash in as quick as possible while pretending to to reconstruct.

Later on they can sell them new weapons and busy them with internal struggles.

Gadaffi is history now and if you allow the people to become settled then the future is bright for them. I doubt if they will be allowed to settle down