A Libyan military officer and political leader of the twentieth century. The ruler of Libya and a militant Arab (see Arab-Israeli conflict), Qaddafi is fervently opposed to the influence of the United States in the Mediterranean Sea region, especially its influence on behalf of Israel. The United States has accused Qaddafi of planning terrorism, which he now claims to renounce.
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These days, ISIS is wired; al Qaeda is tired; and Saddam Hussein and Qaddafi expired.Why We Shouldn't Be Scared of ISIS: Threat Inflation and Our Next Dumb War|Nick Gillespie|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Libya today is a far more attractive locale for al Qaeda that it was under the regime of Muammar Qaddafi.
In October of 2011, Libya was finally freed from autocratic rule after 42 years of oppression under the dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
It would only be a few more months before his boss Muammar would be shot while attempting to escape through a drainage pipe.
But several foreign and Libyan intelligence sources say he was in Libya during the uprising against Col. Muammar Gaddafi.Libya Fears Jihadist Retaliation After al-Liby Raid|Jamie Dettmer|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST