Obama: Gadhafi 'Is No More'

The president remarks on the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
9:34 | 10/20/11

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This is an ABC news special. The fall of your stuff. Hello I'm George Stephanopoulos of ABC news headquarters in new York -- we're taking a quick break from your regular program. This President Obama is about to speak in the Rose Garden about the death of Moammar Khaddafi. This official learn about the death of the longtime Libyan dictator earlier this morning we're gonna show you some video now I warn you it is graphic and gruesome. We believe this is the moment when Libyan government forces -- Qaddafi. After his convoy was bombed by a French fighter jet. Interviews with the rebel forces on the scene say He was shot after conducting tried to escape from a forward drain pipe on the CC though He is clearly alive -- He's believed to have died on the way to get some kind of treatment. -- officials have told the United States government that He is dead of course this comes seven months after NATO authorized that bombing campaign against Qaddafi regime. More than forty years after -- took control of that Libya as a 27 year old colonel I'm joined here by -- -- for the last western journalist to speak. To colonel Qaddafi. And and for -- for most of those forty years He was in nemesis in the united state He certainly was. Libyan sponsored terrorism against US officials are against US people in Europe than pan am one of three. And He has really been a nemesis in the most. Hatred -- -- really amongst the United States people so that is obscene -- Also somebody -- said today He is a vampire to his people as President Obama comes that it starts speaking about five. Obama speaking. Good afternoon -- -- Today -- -- government of Libya announced the deaths of more mark about. This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of -- Who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny in a new and democratic Libya. For four decades. Gadhafi regime ruled the Libyan people -- have an iron fist. Basic human rights were -- Innocent civilians were detained. Beaten and killed. Libya's wealth was squandered. Enormous potential. The Libyan people was held back and terror was used as a political weapon. Today we can definitively say that the Gadhafi regime has come to an -- The last major regime strongholds have fallen. The new government is consolidating the control over the country. And one of the world's longest serving dictators is no more. One year ago. The notion of a three Libya seemed impossible. But -- the Libyan people rose up and demanded their rights. And when Gadhafi and his forces started going city to city. Town by town to brutalize men women and children. The world refused to stand idly by. -- we have the potential of mass atrocities. And a call for help from Bolivian people. The United States and our friends and allies stopped to get up its forces in their tracks. A coalition that included the United States NATO and Arab nations persevered through the summer to protect would be and civilians. And meanwhile the courageous Libyan people fought for their own future and broke the back of the merging. So this is -- momentous day in the history of Libya. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted and -- this enormous promise the Libyan people now have a great responsibility. To build an inclusive. And tolerant. And democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke. To get -- his dictatorship. We look forward to the announcement of the country's liberation. The quick formation of an interim government. And a stable transition to Libya's first free and fair elections. And we call on our Libyan friends to continue. To work with the international community to secure dangerous materials. And to respect the human rights of all Libyans including those who have been detect. Were under no illusions Libya will travel a long and winding road to full democracy. There will be difficult days ahead. But the United States together with the international community is committed to the Libyan people. You have -- -- your revolution. And now we will be a partner as you forge a future that provides dignity. Freedom. And opportunity. For the region today's events proved once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end. Across the Arab world citizens have stood up to claim their rights. You are delivering a powerful rebuke to dictatorship. And those leaders who try to deny their human dignity will not succeed. For us here in the United States we are reminded today of all those Americans that we lost at the hands of -- -- terror. Their families and friends are and our thoughts and in our prayers. We were call their bright smiles -- extraordinary lives. And their tragic deaths. We know that nothing can close the wound of their loss but we stand together as one nation by their side. For nearly eight months many Americans are provided extraordinary service and support of our efforts to protect the Libyan people. And to provide them with a chance to determine their investment. A skilled diplomats. Have helped to lead an unprecedented. Global response. Our brave pilots have flown. -- -- -- Our sailors have provided support off -- shores. And our leadership of NATO has helped guide our coalition. -- putting a single US service member on the ground. We achieved our objectives. And our NATO mission will soon come to an -- This comes at a time when we see the strength of American leadership across the world. We take it out all kind of leaders we put them on the path to defeat. We're winding down the war in Iraq and a -- -- a transition in Afghanistan. And now working -- in Libya with friends and allies -- demonstrated what collective action can achieve in the 21 century. Of course above all today's. Belongs to the people of -- This is a moment for them. Remember all those who suffered and were lost under Gadhafi and look forward to the promise. A new day. And I know the American people wish the people of Libya. The very best in what will be a challenging. But hopeful. Days weeks months and years -- thank you very much. President Obama confirming -- Moammar -- is dead saying that his regime is definitively com. To an -- says this is a victory for the Libyan people also He remembers. All the Americans lost to get up these -- want to bring in Jake Tapper was in the Roseville and was in the Rose Garden with the president and Jake. Pretty remarkable few months here for the president's foreign policy the death. Of Osama bin Laden made the death of one while locking in Yemen in September and now Moammar Qaddafi is -- That's right and President Obama was criticized severely for quote unquote leading from behind in this mission you might -- call. Senator John McCain and others criticizing him for letting NATO and other countries in Europe take the lead. But of course it appears that this mission has been successfully completed NATO. Will be meeting tomorrow. To discuss where to go from here or whether to end the mission. There of course President Obama telling the Libyan people you have one. Your revolution also saying that Libya will travel a long and winding road. But to democracy making sure that people are aware that this process does not just mean that Gadhafi is dead -- for the will be a democratic republic of Libya it's gonna take a long time before human rights in that country of law and order. Law enforcement. Have been accomplished and and a system of government. That respects all the people of Libya has been established but. Once again your -- -- -- does appear another vindication for the president's foreign policy when it comes to. Dictators when it comes to the Arab spring and when it comes to taking on terrorists and. Thank you Jake let me ask a -- or about that -- -- revolution sweeping across. The Middle East and North Africa but we're now in that uncertain phase they dictators are don't we don't know what's been replaced. That's true although this is the first post -- -- on the first day of the posted -- via. And -- Arabs praying is a historic moment in this part of the world so long nemesis to American -- so many so many ways so the real. Real concentration will have to be on. Getting a stable government now. May be getting these national transitional council people to put in. An -- government as the president says and that's going to be the test of this but just in Libya beating Egypt -- -- and elsewhere around -- the Christian amanpour thanks from actual scene tonight. On world news and all of you can follow us all day long abcnews.com. We'll -- This has been in BBC news Special Report.

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