Libya: Past & Present

Updated On Feb 17, 2012 03:57 PM IST
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Boys check out a stall with Kingdom of Libya flags on the streets of Benghazito as Libya marks the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori
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Boys check out a stall with Kingdom of Libya flags on the streets of Benghazito as Libya marks the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori

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People with the Kingdom of Libya flags gather during a celebration to mark the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori
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People with the Kingdom of Libya flags gather during a celebration to mark the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori

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People walk past Kingdom of Libya flags and balloons on sale as they mark the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori
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People walk past Kingdom of Libya flags and balloons on sale as they mark the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori

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People gather during a celebration to mark the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters
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People gather during a celebration to mark the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters

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Families celebrate the one-year anniversary since the revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, at Martyrs Square in Tripoli. Reuters/Ismail Zitouny
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Families celebrate the one-year anniversary since the revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, at Martyrs Square in Tripoli. Reuters/Ismail Zitouny

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Ali Tarhouni, Libyan former National Transitional Council (NTC) minister for oil and finance, delivers a speech in Tahrir Square, near the court during a celebration to mark the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori
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Ali Tarhouni, Libyan former National Transitional Council (NTC) minister for oil and finance, delivers a speech in Tahrir Square, near the court during a celebration to mark the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori

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A girl waves a Libyan independence flag as families parade in their cars through the streets of Tripoli to mark the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters/Ismail Zitouny
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A girl waves a Libyan independence flag as families parade in their cars through the streets of Tripoli to mark the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters/Ismail Zitouny

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A boy carries a Libyan independence flag during a gathering near the court in Benghazi to mark the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori
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A boy carries a Libyan independence flag during a gathering near the court in Benghazi to mark the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori

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A Libyan girl dressed as an angels waves the victory sign in Benghazi - the cradle of revolt against Muammar Gaddafi - on the eve of the anniversary of the first protest against the slain dictator. AFP/Gianluigi Guercia
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A Libyan girl dressed as an angels waves the victory sign in Benghazi - the cradle of revolt against Muammar Gaddafi - on the eve of the anniversary of the first protest against the slain dictator. AFP/Gianluigi Guercia

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Pictures of those killed and wounded in the Misrata fighting are pasted on the walls of the museum on Tripoli Boulevard in Misrata. One year since the revolution against Muammar Gaddafi erupted, on February 17, 2011, Misrata - Libya's third largest city - is a clear example of the ferocity of the fighting. AFP/Mahmud Turkia
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Pictures of those killed and wounded in the Misrata fighting are pasted on the walls of the museum on Tripoli Boulevard in Misrata. One year since the revolution against Muammar Gaddafi erupted, on February 17, 2011, Misrata - Libya's third largest city - is a clear example of the ferocity of the fighting. AFP/Mahmud Turkia

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A falcon statue, painted in the colours of the revolutionary flag and covered with the inscription "God is great", is displayed outside the museum set up on Tripoli boulevard in Misrata. One year since the revolution against Muammar Gaddafi erupted, on February 17, 2011, Misrata - Libya's third largest city - is a clear example of the ferocity of the fighting. AFP/Mahmud Turkia
Updated on Feb 17, 2012 03:57 PM IST

A falcon statue, painted in the colours of the revolutionary flag and covered with the inscription "God is great", is displayed outside the museum set up on Tripoli boulevard in Misrata. One year since the revolution against Muammar Gaddafi erupted, on February 17, 2011, Misrata - Libya's third largest city - is a clear example of the ferocity of the fighting. AFP/Mahmud Turkia

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Members of the new Libyan military force under the ruling National Transitional Council parade along a main street in the Libyan capital Tripoli to mark the one year anniversary of the start of the uprising which saw the death of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. AFP/Mahmud Turkia
Updated on Feb 17, 2012 03:57 PM IST

Members of the new Libyan military force under the ruling National Transitional Council parade along a main street in the Libyan capital Tripoli to mark the one year anniversary of the start of the uprising which saw the death of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. AFP/Mahmud Turkia

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Libyans celebrate following the announcement of the liberation of the country in Martyr's Square in central Tripoli on October 23, 2011 three days after ousted despot Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed. AFP/Marco Longari, File
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Libyans celebrate following the announcement of the liberation of the country in Martyr's Square in central Tripoli on October 23, 2011 three days after ousted despot Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed. AFP/Marco Longari, File

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Libyans wave their new national flag as they celebrate following the official liberation of the country in the eastern city of Benghazi on October 23, 2011 three days after ousted despot Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed. AFP/Abdullah Doma, File
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Libyans wave their new national flag as they celebrate following the official liberation of the country in the eastern city of Benghazi on October 23, 2011 three days after ousted despot Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed. AFP/Abdullah Doma, File

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Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters flash the victory sign as they man a checkpoint south of Bani Walid. AFP/Karim Sahib, File
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Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters flash the victory sign as they man a checkpoint south of Bani Walid. AFP/Karim Sahib, File

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Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters fire at forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi during street battles in the neighbourhoods of Dollar and Sirte. AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye, File
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Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters fire at forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi during street battles in the neighbourhoods of Dollar and Sirte. AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye, File

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A fighter loyal to Libya's new regime the Transitional national Council (NTC) tries to break down a door during fighting in the town of Sirte, as the fighters move in for the kill against Muammar Gaddafi's diehards in his hometown. AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye, File
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A fighter loyal to Libya's new regime the Transitional national Council (NTC) tries to break down a door during fighting in the town of Sirte, as the fighters move in for the kill against Muammar Gaddafi's diehards in his hometown. AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye, File

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A defaced portrait of fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is pictured in Tripoli. Libya marks the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. AFP/Patrick Baz, File
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A defaced portrait of fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is pictured in Tripoli. Libya marks the first anniversary of revolutionary uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. AFP/Patrick Baz, File

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Libyan protesters step on a poster of leader Muammar Gaddafi in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi as world powers ramped up the pressure on Gaddafi's regime and the United States urged the international community to work together on further steps to end bloodshed in Libya. AFP/Patrick Baz, File
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Libyan protesters step on a poster of leader Muammar Gaddafi in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi as world powers ramped up the pressure on Gaddafi's regime and the United States urged the international community to work together on further steps to end bloodshed in Libya. AFP/Patrick Baz, File

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi salutes during the 40th anniversary of the evacuation and expulsion of US forces and bases on Libyan soil. AFP/Mahmud Turkia, File
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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi salutes during the 40th anniversary of the evacuation and expulsion of US forces and bases on Libyan soil. AFP/Mahmud Turkia, File

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi delivers a speech during a meeting with 700 women from the business, political and cultural spheres. AFP/Christophe Simon, File
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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi delivers a speech during a meeting with 700 women from the business, political and cultural spheres. AFP/Christophe Simon, File

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (C) waves to the cheering crowd on his way to inaugurate the construction of 55 villas, bankrolled by Libya built on the waterfront in Cotonou, Benin. AFP/Fiacre Vidjingninou, File
Updated on Feb 17, 2012 03:57 PM IST

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (C) waves to the cheering crowd on his way to inaugurate the construction of 55 villas, bankrolled by Libya built on the waterfront in Cotonou, Benin. AFP/Fiacre Vidjingninou, File

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