A son of Libya's late dictator Moammar Qadhafi
was briefly kidnaped in Lebanon by Shiite militants demanding information about the fate of an Iranian-born cleric who disappeared in Libya decades ago.
The revolution against Qadhafi
began in Benghazi - the main base of the Senussi order.
1, 1969, military coup d'etat, Col Mu'ammar Qadhafi
assumed rulership and began to espouse a bizarre political system - a combination of socialism and Islamic populism based on his own interpretation of secularism - which eventually turned Libya into a "Jamahiriya", i.
Wracked by bloody turmoil after a 2011 uprising toppled and killed dictator Muammar Qadhafi
, Libya has had two governments and parliaments since an Islamist-backed militia alliance seized Tripoli last August.
In February 2011, as he joined the anti-anti Qadhafi
revolt, he was a major general.
The Prime Minister said he was proud of the role Britain had played helping Libyans get rid of Qadhafi
and that Britain remains deeply committed to helping Libyans build a new, more stable, democratic and prosperous Libya, free of terrorism.
On March 19, French warplanes were the first to attack Qadhafi
forces threatening Benghazi.
In keeping with the back-seat role the US took in NATO's air campaign to topple Qadhafi
, he said: "We're going to be guided by what Libyans themselves think is appropriate", speaking in Arabic and highlighting the US's critical but behind-the-scenes support for the armed revolution.
By using civilian sites for military purposes, the Qadhafi
regime has once
"constructive," but said they needed to make clear that the Libyan leader must leave power.
As Libya descended into chaos with Colonel Qadhafi
attacking his own people, the Arab League called for action.
It demanded an immediate ceasefire in Libya, including an end to the current attacks against civilians, which it said might constitute "crimes against humanity," imposed a ban on all flights in the country's airspace, authorized the use of all necessary measures to protect civilians, and tightened sanctions on the Qadhafi
regime and entities it owns or controls, including the National Oil Corporation and its subsidiaries.