The face of an executioner A 19-year-old Libyan woman has admitted killing at least 11 rebel prisoners by shooting them in the head with an AK-47 rifle as she acted as an executioner for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
“I killed the first one, then they would bring another one up to the room,” said Nisreen Mansour al Forgani from the military hospital in Tripoli where she is now manacled to a bed and under armed guard.
“He would see the body on the floor and look shocked. Then I would shoot him too. I did it from about a metre away,” she told the Daily Mail.
The woman claimed at first she wouldn’t shoot the prisoners.
“They told me that if I didn’t kill the prisoners then they would kill me,” she said. “I tried not to kill them…. I turned and shot without looking. But if I hesitated, one of the soldiers would flick off the safety catch of his own rifle and point it at me. I killed 10, perhaps 11, over three days. I don’t know what they had done.” (Photo: Nisreen Mansour al Forgani, centre. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)
The $1.7-million question: Where’s Gaddafi? NATO is understood to be using spy planes, electronic eavesdropping, and special forces teams in the hunt for Col. Muammar Gaddafi. But the hunt’s most important asset could be the prevailing political climate, because information about Col. Gaddafi’s location would be easier to obtain if his close aides prepared to defect. A US$1.7-million bounty on his head, as well as amnesty for anyone turning in the despot, could turn the tide against the colonel. (Al-Manara Media/AFP/Getty Images)
‘Gaddafi finished,’ rebels proclaim Joyful Libyan rebels overran Muammar Gaddafi’s Tripoli bastion, seizing weapons and loot and destroying symbols of a 42-year dictatorship they declared was now over as they set about hunting down the fallen ruler and his sons.
Libyan rebels seize much of Tripoli Libyan rebels were in the heart of Tripoli on Monday after surging into the capital in a final drive to oust Muammar Gaddafi, seizing swathes of the city and arresting the strongman’s son, Seif al-Islam.
U.S. President Barack Obama said the Gaddafi regime was at a “tipping point” and that the “tyrant” must go, adding a call for the rebels to respect human rights and move to democracy.
Senior rebel figure Mahmud Jibril said there were still pockets of resistance in and around Tripoli and warned his forces to be cautious.
“The fight is not over yet,” he said on rebel television Al-Ahrar. “God willing, in few hours our victory will be complete.” (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images)
NATO strikes Gaddafi compound NATO bombed Muammar Gaddafi’s compound on Thursday, hours after the Libyan leader ended doubt about his fate by making his first television appearance since another air strike killed his son nearly two weeks ago.
The leader of the rebels seeking to end Col. Gaddafi’s 41-year rule visited London to drum up aid for his movement. The White House said a senior rebel delegation would be received for the first time in Washington on Friday.
Rebels fighting against Col. Gaddafi for almost three months are in control of the east of the country, while Col. Gaddafi’s forces control the capital Tripoli and nearly all of the west.
Libyan rebels advance on Gaddafi’s hometown A rebel advance westwards towards Tripoli, which was halted Monday by Muammar Gaddafi’s troops about 140 kilometres (85 miles) east of the strongman’s hometown Sirte, resumed later in the day, an AFP reporter said.
Gaddafi launches land, air offensive The veteran ruler twinned the attack with a fiery propaganda broadside against the rebels, playing on both nationalist opinion and Western jitters by saying much blood would be shed in “another Vietnam” if foreign powers intervened in the crisis.
Gaddafi forces move in on western border Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi deployed forces to a western border area on Tuesday in defiance of Western military and economic pressure, raising fears that one of the bloodiest Arab revolts may become more violent still.
Gadhafi tells supporters: ‘Prepare to defend Libya’ Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi told crowds of supporters in Tripoli’s central Green Square on Friday to “prepare to defend Libya.” Gaddafi, speaking to thousands of supporters from the top of a building, said arms depots had been thrown open to arm his people for battle, images on state television showed.