Absent reliable independent proof, some sources believe a double was killed, not Gaddafi.
More on that below.
Nonetheless, clear evidence shows Washington wanted him dead for years.
On October 27, Algeria ISP headlined, “Libya – On what Sarkozy and Obama killed Gaddafi?” saying:
“It’s confirmed, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy have indeed ordered (Gaddafi’s) assassination….”
“According to Le Canard Enchaine (on October 26), the Americans had located (him) on October 19.”
Claude Angeli’s article “is unambiguous.” Titled “Gaddafi condemned to death by Washington and Paris,” it said both leaders ordered his extrajudicial killing because he knew too much. Preventing a public show trial was key.
US and French Special Forces were involved. Numerous bombing attempts failed. War still rages across Libya. The country “has entered a no man’s land policy, an area of (unpredictable) turbulence….This should worry” Western and regional leaders because eight months of fighting resolved nothing.
Toppling foreign leaders by coups or assassinations is longstanding US policy. William Blum’s done some of the best research on it. His books, including “Rogue State,” are must reading.
He documented dozens of successful and failed US interventions post-WW II, including:
toppling Iran’s Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953, its first successful coup after an initial failure;
ousting Guatemala’s Jacobo Arbenz in 1954;
failing to kill China’s Chou En-Lai in 1955;
failing numerous times to kill Fidel Castro;
failing to kill France’s Charles de Gaulle; and
plotting Gaddafi’s assassination for decades.