The death of former Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi prompted celebrations in neighboring Tunisia. Hundreds of thousands of refugees streamed into Tunisia during Libya's civil war. Tunisians are proud that the Arab Spring started with them earlier this year.
The president said Moammar Gadhafi's death marked the end of a long and painful chapter for the Libyan people. But the seven-month military campaign that toppled the Libyan leader also marks a high point for the kind of international cooperation that Obama has championed.
News of the Syrian uprising has come largely from activists who have taken great risks to get the story out. One of them went by the alias Alexander Page. But he recently fled to Egypt and and is now speaking out under his real name, Rami Jarrah.
With the economy dominating the political debate, Republican candidates have given little attention to foreign policy in their effort to take on Obama next year. But events in Libya suggest they may need to compete with the president on defense and security issues.
The man who ruled Libya from a fortress-like compound in the heart of Tripoli reportedly spent his last moments holed up in a culvert under a road in his hometown of Sirte. The exact circumstances of his death remained as murky as his whereabouts since the capital fell in August.
Moammar Gadhafi ruled Libya for more than four decades with an iron fist. Gadhafi was a complex, often brutal leader with a grand vision of himself — one he displayed up until the final moments of his leadership.
Three months ago, the southern Afghan city of Kandahar looked to be dangerously unstable after the murders of Kandahar kingpin Ahmed Wali Karzai and the city's mayor. Despite fears of a struggle to fill the leadership vacuum, some Kandaharis say life is better without those power brokers.
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