Cameras captured the reaction of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- who on Tuesday was the first cabinet level official to visit the war-torn country since the uprising began . Clinton merely said "wow" as she received the news of the dictator's death via e-mail while on a trip to Afghanistan.
Clinton elaborated while in Islamabad on Friday after Ghadafi's death was confirmed.
"[The] death of Col. Ghadafi has brought to a close a very unfortunate chapter in Libya's history and it marks a new start for Libya's future ... I hope this is a continuation of what I saw on Tuesday -- eagerness of Libyans to start a new democracy... and the U.S. will support a new democratic path," Clinton said.
Clinton echoed President Obama's comments Thursday that the death of Gadhafi marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya.
"Today's events prove once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end," Obama said.