October 14th, 2011
09:48 AM ET

Gadhafi's house lies in ruins

On the outskirts of Sirte, a mansion with a columned facade lies in ruins, though its opulence is still evident under shattered glass and chunks of concrete. This was Moammar Gadhafi's home in the city of his birth.

The house had its own salon with barber chairs and massage tables. Ornate four-poster beds furnished the bedrooms and there were lavish decorations all around.

In the basement is a large conference room. Is this where Gadhafi planned his last stand or arranged for his escape?

The deposed leader has not been seen in public for months. His whereabouts are unknown but some believe he may still be hiding in Sirte.

People wandering through the house are stunned. They thought Gadhafi lived in a tent.

Most residents have abandoned Sirte after a month of fierce battles. Revolutionary forces have fought Gadhafi loyalists street by street, cornering the last vestiges of the old regime to one district. With their backs to the Mediterranean, the loyalists used machine gun nests and snipers atop buildings to fight back Friday.

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  1. OWStreeter

    Really? They thought he lived in a tent?

    October 14, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Because he lived in a tent whenever western news media were around, they just assumed.

      October 14, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Portland Tony

    I don't know the Libyan building codes, but after six months of bombing and looting there can't be to much left.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    Your backed up against the sea. Your supplies are just what you have with you.

    How much could a deposed tyrand possibly pay? I can't think of an amount that would keep me fighting..

    October 14, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    I tried to post a Flintstones joke and my computer froze. I guess I won't try that again.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    No wonder Qaddaffy's house is in ruins after those NATO thugs bombed it over and over again! If anybody needs to stand trial for "crimes against humanity", it's these creeps! As JFK once said, life isn't fair and these guys prove him right!!!

    October 14, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      How true that rings, George! Not only the NATO pilots, but David Cameron and Nickolas Sarkozy need to be tried for the very criminals they are along with Barack Obama!!!

      October 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Portland Tony

    Although his despotic reign is finished. This man has shown that he's a fighter and believes to this day that his cause is right. Give me 10 men with his convictions and we would rule the world.

    October 14, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      We don't know that at all. My guess is he's on his way to Corsica on a yacht or hiding down a hole like Saddam Hussein. But he's not fighting. He's ordered his forces to do it for him.

      October 14, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I still think he's already dead..

      October 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    I thought I'd seen Moammar over at Dairy Queen flippin burgers.

    October 14, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      That would be something different.

      October 14, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Stupid comment dont bother commenting if you have nothing decent to say

      October 15, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mad Granny

    He's probably across the border living in another mansion.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jordan scene©

    Ghadafi has got to be on a beach somewhere in Venezuela sipping on a pina collata with good ol' Hugo. And as for the remaining loyalists, either way they're toast, I doubt if they laid down their arms and gave up that the new form of gov in Libya will be kind to them. As long as they go down fighting in what they believe in, more power to them.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Leopold

    And along with Bush, you dolt Patton!

    October 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |