Picture of the Day: The Golden Gun
THE GOLDEN GUN
Photograph via Reuters
Pictured above is the alleged Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter that first captured former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. In his hand is the supposed gold-plated gun of the now deceased leader who had succumbed to his wounds received during his final stand.
The eight weeks since the fall of Tripoli have tested the nerves of the motley alliance of anti-Gaddafi forces and their Western and Arab backers, who had begun to question the ability of the NTC forces to root out diehard Gaddafi loyalists in Sirte and a couple of other towns.
Gaddafi, wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of ordering the killing of civilians, was toppled by rebel forces on August 23, a week short of the 42nd anniversary of the military coup which brought him to power in 1969.