VT Libya Correspondent Leads Gaddafi Capture
The Simple First-Hand Truth…Told for the First Time
by Gordon Duff and Jim W. Dean, Editors
Editor’s note: With all the confusion at Gaddafi’s capture, there was one journalist present. In this case, he was commanding a unit that had been tracking, had been hunting Gaddafi for weeks. Below is his story.
This first hand account of the capture of Colonel Gaddafi, will be not be redacted.
Our videographer was not there, having been assassinated by Gaddafi agents some weeks before, however there is enough video of this scene for everyone.
I will omit the name of the writer who can make a longer version public when he is ready.
However, he is a well known journalist, born in Libya, who has worked for years in support of human rights projects around the world. Almost all members of the independent press know this individual well. Most consider him a friend and trusted colleague, in fact none have ever stated otherwise.
We asked him to let us share this with you as a salute to all those out there around the planet who have worked to make VT what it is…real sources for real news…for readers that want it, the good, the bad and the ugly.
We took a lot of flack for our Libya coverage from those ignorant of Gaddafi’s deals with Bush, Blair and the Israelis and from those whose assignment it was to make Gaddaf look like a victim of a NATO “holocaust.”
The choice between them and Gaddafi’s “princes and princesses of the ‘hosted press’ who adorned the top hotels passing out press releases without ethics, conscience or discernment, was easy for us. We were on the ground with the fighters, not filling the hotel lobbies with the phonies and “hangers on.” We found the flow of disinformation out of the Gaddafi camp and his both official and unofficial “mouthpieces” to be sickening and cowardly.
We have no regrets, as do none of our people, especially our behind the lines combat correspondent.
For you Vets out there, along with our staff, who have ever done that kind of work, you know how quick things can get nasty and fatal with just one bad move or some bad luck. You can get killed by either side at the drop of the hat.
This is his statement I receive today in response to specific questions our readers had about the capture of Gaddafi:
I can certainly tell you about the day of Gaddafi’s capture because I was right there when he was caught.
First, let me say that after taking part in the capture of Gaddafi’s compound on 23 August I and my hand-picked squad headed straight for Sirte while all attention was on Tripoli and Ban Walid.
We knew Gaddafi was there from communications chatter but took great care not to give the game away.
From 23 August until 20 October we remained in Sirte, all of the time behind enemy lines, as it were, where we caused considerable havoc among his motley crew of thugs and mercenaries. It was by far more challenging than nearly seven years fighting the Israelis in Lebanon in the 1990s. (Contrary to popular myths, the Israelis are predictable, spoilt and cowardly. Without air support, they were worse fighters than Gaddafi’s thugs, and that’s really saying something.)
Fast forward to the day of Gaddafi’s capture. As I said, we constantly tracked the bastard from 23 August onwards. We used our long-range radios only to give false information about our whereabouts — the bastard had quite sophisticated communications tracking equipment and some of the less vigilant rebels paid a heavy price for careless talk over the radio.
We (and three other groups who had nothing to do with us) were on his trail on Thursday morning, 20 October. We intercepted communications from his son Mu’tasim ordering his men to assemble in District No. 2 by 4 a.m. where they would be given further instructions.
However, they were so disorganised they didn’t manage to get together until about 8 a.m. They (about 70 vehicles) then set off heading west — we were appox half a km behind him but in the desert, south of the road they were using.
About 2 km after setting off a French Raphael jet appeared and hit his convoy several times (and nearly took us out in the process). Most of his convoy got burnt but he and about a dozen individuals ran out, away from the road, seemingly not knowing where they were going.
Some hid in shrubs and nearby farms and, in the meantime, about 20 pro-Gaddafi fighters appeared on the scene, also coming from the east (probably another part of Sirte). We managed to evade the late arrivals and, together with other rebel groups, eventually caught up and managed to corner Gaddafi, his son, his driver, the head of his special hoodlums brigade, Mansur Daw al-Gaddafi, and a handful of Mauritanian mercenaries.
Some were in a disused sewage pipe and others were frantically trying to squeeze into it. Others still began firing at us. I engaged the mercenaries outside while one of my comrades grabbed Gaddafi and pulled him out of the sewer and another got his son.
Gaddafi himself and his son were clearly injured when they pulled out of the sewer, and Gaddafi seemed somewhat dazed but alive.
He was escorted into an ambulance, barely able to walk — ambulances frequently accompany the anti-Gaddafi formations — which headed west to Misrata (this particular ambulance was with other anti-Gaddafi convoys — we always traveled light).
At this point, following one of my golden rules of survival (when your mission is accomplished, never hang about or dwell on things but just simply leave) I bid farewell to some of the fighters and headed for Benghazi. By the time I arrived there I heard that Gaddafi was dead. I have no idea what happened to him exactly and, to be honest, I really don’t care.
One final word. Some will be wondering whether we got a reward or in any way been paid for our troubles. The answer is an emphatic no. We did this out of a sense of duty to our country. For me personally, I lost approximately 12, 500 GBP in lost earnings while I was away fighting (July-October).
Thus, when Gaddafi was captured alive and sent away in an ambulance, there was absolutely no NATO involvement of any kind. No NATO troops were ashore, no NATO planes above.
Oh, for those who forget such things, General Charles De Gaulle, in March 1959, withdrew from NATO and demanded the removal of all NATO personnel from France.
France has not been in NATO for 42 1/2 years, a fact conveniently overlooked by so many conspiracy theorists.