7 Facts About Muammar Gaddafi

1. In October 2010, Muammar Gaddafi apologized to African leaders for the historical enslavement of Africans by the Arab slave trade.

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2. In 2001, Muammar Gaddafi condemned the September 11 attacks on the US by al-Qaeda, expressing sympathy with the victims and calling for Libyan involvement in the War on Terror against militant Islamism.

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3. In turn, Muammar Gaddafi played up his commercial relationship with the Soviets, visiting Moscow again in April 1981 and 1985, and in 1978 threatening to join the Warsaw Pact.

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4. In December 1978, Muammar Gaddafi stepped down as Secretary-General of the GPC, announcing his new focus on revolutionary rather than governmental activities; this was part of his new emphasis on separating the apparatus of the revolution from the government.

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5. In June 1973, Muammar Gaddafi created a political ideology as a basis for the Popular Revolution: Third International Theory.

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6. On 16 April 1973, Muammar Gaddafi proclaimed the start of a "Popular Revolution" in a speech at Zuwarah.

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7. In 1971, Muammar Gaddafi sponsored the creation of a Libyan General Women's Federation.

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