Gaddafi's son saif had to play the moderate, Shalgam says, befriending such Western leaders as Tony Blair and Silvio Berlusconi.
But talking to Eliza Griswold earlier this year, saif Qaddafi denied a secret deal.
But saif dispelled the myth that his fingers had been cut off in revenge.
As we continued to talk I noticed further signs that saif might not fully realize the perilous situation he finds himself in.
The guards in the remote Libyan town of Zintan called their prisoner, saif al-Islam Gaddafi, “our black box.”
With another wave of his saif Baibars charged into the mass of Tartars.
Daoud circled away, sheathing his saif and pulling his bow from its case.
A year ago he would have joyfully driven the point of the saif into Simon de Gobignon's brain.
"God be merciful to me," Daoud said, and brought the saif down.
Holding his saif high, he looked into the face of Nicetas, contorted with pain and fear.