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or Qa·dha·fi or Kha·da·fy  (kə-dä′fē) or Gad·da·fi (gə-), Muammar al- or el- 1942-2011.
Libyan political leader who seized power in a military coup d'état against the Libyan monarchy (1969) and imposed socialist policies and Islamic orthodoxy on the country. He was deposed and killed in a popular uprising (2011).
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Noun1.Qadhafi - Libyan leader who seized power in a military coup d'etat in 1969; deposed the Libyan monarchy and imposed socialism and Islamic orthodoxy on the country (born in 1942)
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The essay focuses on Fayda Hamdi, a Tunisian police officer who allegedly slapped Muhammad al-Bu'azizi, and Libyan Iman al-Obeidi, who was raped by Qadhdhafi's men.
Later he complained that Clinton as secretary of state toppled Moammar Qadhdhafi from power in Libya and, as a result, "It's a mess.
Sadr subsequently "vanished" (9) with two companions in the course of a trip to Qadhdhafi's Libya in 1978, leaving Shams al-Din as the "interim" president of the Higher Shia Islamic Council.
For example, I might look up the name Gaddafi (as in Colonel Qadhdhafi of Libya--I'm certain you remember who he is).
He reinterprets the country's history, critiques scholarship that focuses on Qadhdhafi and ignores society and culture, and includes the voices of ordinary citizens.
Nevertheless, imaginative leadership can be critical, as Sampson shows in his analysis of Libyan foreign policy, where he argues that both King Idris and Qadhdhafi were able to bring about significant economic gains for a small state by exploiting the "seams" in what appeared to be an all-powerful international structure.
Libya was removed after the overthrow of dictator Moammar Qadhdhafi.
In yet another appearance, Trump told CNN's State of the Union that the world would be a better place if Saddam Hussein and Moammar Qadhdhafi had not been ousted from power in Iraq and Libya.
"They believe that they have managed to quell the Islamic Awakening, but this movement is not suppressible and is racing ahead and it will show its reality sooner or later," Khamenehi said, ignoring the fact that Iran continued to support the Hosni Mubarak regime in Egypt even after President Obama publicly said it was time for Mubarak to go, and that Iran strongly opposed the joint Western-Arab intervention in Libya that helped topple the regime of Moammar Qadhdhafi.
He cited the desire of some to conduct airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad following the chemical weapons attack in 2013, along with their support for US airstrikes in Libya in 2011, which contributed to the overthrow of long-serving dictator Muammar Qadhdhafi. Libya is now split between two rival governments and is home to both Islamic State- and Al Qaeda-affiliated militant groups.
The only times a US Navy challenge has erupted into a confrontation was in the 1980s when Libya under Moammar Qadhdhafi tried to chase away the US Navy after it challenged Libya's claim to own the entirety of the Gulf of Sidra and in 1988 when a Soviet frigate "nudged" a US aircraft carrier in an effort to get the carrier to move out of waters claimed as territorial by the Soviet Union.
The Libyan regime of Moammar Qadhdhafi admitted responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing in 2003 and eventually paid $2.7 billion in compensation to victims' families.