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Obama to Make Statement Following Reports of Qaddafi Death

October 20, 2011

(Updates with U.S. getting reports about Qaddafi death in second paragraph.)

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama will make a statement at 2 p.m. Washington time from the White House Rose Garden about the death of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, the White House announced.

The U.S. has gotten reports through diplomatic channels that Qaddafi was killed, according to an administration official, who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record about the president’s remarks. While declining to say whether the U.S. has independently confirmed Qaddafi’s death, the official said the administration was confident in the information it’s received.

Leaders of the National Transitional Council in Libya announced that Qaddafi died after being captured in his hometown of Sirte earlier today. In Paris, French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said Qaddafi died in fighting as a convoy trying to escape Sirte was stopped.

Qaddafi’s death comes six months after President Obama committed U.S. assistance to a NATO-led military campaign against Qaddafi’s forces.

--With assistance from Gregory Viscusi in Paris. Editor: Joe Sobczyk, Ann Hughey.

To contact the reporters on this story: Roger Runningen in Washington at rrunningen@bloomberg.net; Margaret Talev in Washington at mtalev@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net.


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