Gaddafi’s Youngest Son Reported Killed in NATO Airstrike

A Libyan government spokesman said that a NATO airstrike killed Saif al-Arab, Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi’s youngest son, and three of the Libyan leader’s grandchildren. Gaddafi himself was in the large residential villa that was struck but was not injured, says the BBC. There is still one undetonated bomb in the building, which was heavily damaged by at least three missiles.

29-year-old Saif al-Arab had studied in Germany and recently returned to Libya. He had a “lower profile than his brother Saif al-Islam.”

From the BBC:

Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the villa was attacked “with full power.”

“The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Saif al-Arab Muammar Gaddafi, 29 years old, and three of the leader’s grandchildren,” he said.

“The leader with his wife was there in the house with other friends and relatives, the leader himself is in good health, he wasn’t harmed.” Col Gaddafi’s wife was also unharmed, he said.

“This was a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country,” the spokesman added.

Saying that the attack was “against international law,” Ibrahim said that Saif al-Arab was “‘playing and talking to his father and mother and his nieces and nephews and other visitors when he was attacked and killed for no crime he committed.’”

The uprising in Libya began in mid-February against Gaddafi, who has ruled for more than forty years. The Guardian says that, under United Nations resolution 1973 which was passed in March, NATO forces are permitted to use “all necessary measures’ to protect civilians from pro-Gaddafi forces.” NATO gave no comment about the incident, which has yet to be independently confirmed.


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Kathleen D.
Kathleen D8 years ago

Tania; to sit back and do nothing is sending a message that terrorists can do as they damned well please without retribution. You really need to think about the repercussions by not standing against these terrorists. Don't think that the numbers these maniacs are killing don't far surpass what the U.S. has killed. It's unfortunate that any government has to use force to stop the attacks against Americans but that is reality. You really should think about stopping the bleeding heart stuff because it certainly isn't going to bring about sympathy from the murderous terrorists.

Tania Regina G.
Tania Regina G.8 years ago

it is not the first Qaddafi's family members that USA kills. It killed his daughter away before the plane blow up in Europe.
This is insane. The entire planet knows that americans are now just killing in so many places, and that it has a history of interfering by killing. Now it is celebrating killing as if it is a party. I live in NYC and saw the sadness, thhe misery of losing loved ones. The answer is not to go and remove loved ones at a rate 10 times higher. Now we have to revamp our fears all over again. Who can make it stop? certanly not NATO, NOT ONU those are MAFIA. How can the people of the Middle East feel about us? Be serious now. This is really looking like collective psychosis

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D8 years ago

Helen; there is little doubt about the Lockerbie bombing and remember the tried and imprisoned who was recently released to Libya (supposedly because he had cancer and is apparently thriving now) and was embraced by Gaddafi upon his return to the country. Libya accepted responsibility for the bombing. The bottom line is it is always a tragedy for innocent civilians to lose their lives because of hatred or war. Let's not forget how the monsters (terrorists) use innocents with bombs strapped to their own bodies, including those of children, to further create chaos and spread their message of hatred for all who do not share in their religious ideaology. No one here celebrates the deaths of innocents but rather working to get at the snakes head. You get nothing by cutting off the tail so we must continue to go after the real threat.

Ernie Miller
william Miller8 years ago

you will never obtain Peace thru violance. it just creates a viscious cycle of more violance.

Helena Plum Bowyer
Helena B8 years ago

Justifiable death? Guess it all depends on your perspective, as I don't think you can justify the killing of children who have nothing to do with what is happening. Many people here seem to think that if your position is that is the bad gyuy who got it that's fine. However peace and reconciliation do not come out of actions such as these.
There is also the question of how the UN resolution is interpreted as it was to protect civilians not to be used to assasinate unpopular leaders.
Many doubts remain on the Lockerbie bombing and who was responsible.

Nanjapa B.
Nanjapa bopana8 years ago

Neither the U.S of A or any one has the right to meddle with another countries internal affairs under any circumstances or by any justification.
Why dont they concentrate on their own country anr at least try to create jobs for the jobless Americans and homes for the millions of homeless Americans, ???

John E.
John E8 years ago

Western involvement started with a no-fly zone to protect Libyan civilians ... seems we have moved right along from that justifiable position ... Few people are likely to put in a word on Gaddafi's behalf, but just who are the rebels, and who/what do they represent?
Hussein was removed in Iraq, and it has been turmoil ever since, with al Qaeda in Iraq still currently active. Which was not the case when Hussein was in power.
Maybe everyone should just stay in their own countries, thereby avoiding various accusations that they are interfering for all sorts of nefarious reasons.
And maybe they are .....
And, just out of idle curiosity, who is paying for all this bombing and so on?

Parvez Z.
Parvez Zuberi8 years ago

Shame on your Govt for killing innocent grandchildren and son of Gaddafi what business you have their Rebels are traitors and they should be punished what will your Govt will do if if one of the State wants to separate from the federation definitely fight with them

colleen prinssen
colleen p8 years ago

so, because he helped other people get independance, it's a good thing, but if he is not"the bad guy" and his rebels are just wanting something too without reason, so it's a bad thing to disagree.

or is he not in the wrong? and his people rising up, that is not justifyed, like when a teen says "dad is evil, he won't let me go to that concert of my favorite band, they are playing in NYC, so what if I'm 14 and live in Denver"

or "so what, he helped others, so he's not that bad"

I don't know if I understand. like I can be a good person because I rescued some animals and saved a little kid from drowning, but if I made someone cry because of mean things I said to them. I'm still good people.

AbdulAziz A.
AbdulAziz A8 years ago

It is extremely unlikely any of his children / grand children are killed. When a number of bombs are dropped by the US and they leave Gadafi alive but kill others?

Most unlikely, they would and always do wipe off the whole neighbourhood instead.

Hence he is looking for others sympathies on the cheap and deserves none.

World can certainly do without him and his clan.