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Friday, August 5, 2011

Libya Denies Rebel Claim That Khamis Qadhafi Was Killed in NATO Raid

Libyan rebels have claimed that Col. Qadhafi's son Khamis, commander of the elite 32nd Brigade, was killed in a NATO airstrike on a command center in Zlitan; but the Libyan government has denied the story, saying it is propaganda aimed at covering up the bombing of a civilian  area. NATO has not made the claim itself, however. Another account here. Loss of Khamis would be a major setback for the regime if it were to prove true, but the quick denial suggests the claim was premature.

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