Gotta Watch: Libya's backstory
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been in power 42 years.
August 22nd, 2011
10:55 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Libya's backstory

More than four decades of Moammar Gadhafi's rule may be nearing an end as rebels appear to have his regime on the verge of collapse. The embattled Libyan leader's detractors have faced off against his regime since January, but Libya's tensions pre-date the Arab Spring uprisings. Today, Gotta Watch looks at Libya's long-running, tense relations with the U.S.,  Gadhafi's family and its link to some A-list pop stars.

From friend to foe – Moammar Gadhafi ascended to power during President Nixon's administration. By the time Ronald Reagan had taken office, U.S.-Libya relations were in serious trouble. In 1986, the president decided to launch airstrikes against Libya, which killed Gadhafi's infant daughter.

Gadhafi’s family ties – The Libyan leader isn’t the only Gadhafi making international headlines. CNN's Michael Holmes profiles his nine living children.

Pop stars' Gadhafi connections – What do A-listers Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Nelly Furtado have in common? They all received big bucks for performing at private parties for the Gadhafi family. When the revolution began and the connections were revealed, the stars quickly took action to distance themselves from the dictator.

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  1. cnntoday

    Gadhafi looted his country's oil revenues for himself. His sons were holding million dollar concerts wtih only 100 attendees. The high oil prices benefited his 'personal' fortunes as he gets all the oil profits for himself. 90% of people in Libya works for Gadhafi and that was the problem.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gadhafi daughter hoax

    It is unlikely that the girl killed in the retaliatory raids was Gadhafi's daughter. She was definitely not his offspring- rather, he claimed to have adopted her. But no one had ever heard of her prior to this and no evidence of any relationship was released. Many people assume he simply declared one of the dead to be his adopted child posthumously.

    Odd, since he was such a rational, normal guy outside of that incident.

    August 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BigBill8517

    Miss ya, Ron.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • REVOLUTIONARY

      Ron Paul for 20012

      August 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • boogietime

      Ron Paul does not advocate a de facto revolution just so you know.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    funny – the headline that brought me here was "Libya's journey from U.S. friend to foe," but then the only "journey" they showed was a speech from 25 years ago! and you know why? because there is no "journey"!! Libya is the most oil-rich producer in africa and they have 144 tons of gold that NWO want. this is nothing more than the usual lie of "humanitarian mission" while colonial interests plunder the natural resources of weaker nations. NATO has armed, trained and led al-qaeda to lead the "rebels" and it is all for ulterior motives that has NOTHING to do with anything humanitarian. as usual, it is all a lie, and CNN simply parrots what they are told to sell us.
    http://www.infowars.com/the-battle-for-libya-is-almost-over-as-is-the-battle-for-its-144-tons-of-gold/
    http://www.infowars.com/nato-hands-terrorists-who-killed-u-s-troops-control-of-libya/

    August 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Oh look, another NWO nut job. Let m,e guess Ron Paul is our salvation.

      August 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • boogietime

      astonishingly, they have Nigeria beat by about 20%.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jlsppw

    Look at this clown... He looks like he's made out of wood???

    August 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. boogietime

    So will the new Libyan government be friendly to the US?

    August 22, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crack

      Maybe for a couple of weeks, then they'll fly planes into a building.

      August 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • REVOLUTIONARY

      what makes you think is the other country not being friendly. usa like to pick on poor country's and give a mess up reason to kill people for no reason.. there is many country that usa would never dare to mess with, like china, russia, cuba or venezula.. do you want to know why???????

      August 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • boogietime

      Um, you do know if we wanted to, Cuba or Venezuela could be a smoking crater and the rest of the world would whine for a bit but do nothing.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David the Great

    Please don't assasinate him like they did to Bin Laden! Put him on trial! Make the truth come out for once!

    August 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • boogietime

      I think a quick death is too good for him. Maybe we will get lucky and a mob will tear him limb from limb and save Libya some court costs.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Uncertain Future

    Let's hope that once the greedy, self-serving dictator is gone, the new regime is an improvement...

    August 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • boogietime

      "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss..."

      August 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bart

    Anyone ever see Moamar Qadhafi and Boby Dylan together in the same photograph? I didn't think so.

    August 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ziggy

    This is the most poorly executed article I have read from CNN in a very long time. I was expecting an indepth, educated piece about the history of Libya and its leader, maybe some dates and some actual facts from history, including events that took place that lead to the breakdown of the relationship between the US and Libya. Instead we get this poor poor excuse for journalism. Oh well, maybe I'll go onto The National Enquirer website to read a more educated news article

    August 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • boogietime

      Welcome to infotainment, rather then journalism.
      This is CNN.

      August 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. boogietime

    So did we make sure we got all the pinball machine parts back?

    August 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PhooBar

    CAPTION CONTEST!
    Look at the Gadhafii photo at the top of this article.
    Make your own caption.
    See who gets the most likes.

    Mine:
    Hey guys... Is the emergency exit over there?

    August 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
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