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The head of the Libyan military council reports that Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels as they took control of his hometown of Surt.

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One thing Gaddafi could do better than most of the world's other dictators: He could make a memorable entrance.From something that looks like it came out of the disco era to the "king of Africa" look to his military uniform, Gaddafi had an assortment of styles for just about any occasion.

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August 1973: Gaddafi prays in the Libyan desert near Sirte

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1971:Gaddafi with Cuban leader Fidel Castro

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August 1981: Gaddafi attends a graduation at the women's military academy in Tripoli. The academy opened in 1979 during Gaddafi's push to include women in Libya's armed forces...

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Gaddafi not only traveled on his own private jet; he had his own private fleet of aircraft - five in total - to shuttle around himself, his entourage and his baggage, including of course his clothes.

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When Gaddafi hit the road, he didn't bother with hotels. He instead set up camp by having his entourage erect a large tent.Despite this seemingly unsophisticated sensibility from the Bedouin desert-dweller tradition, Gaddafi was not roughing it. His tent was equipped with all the trimmings of any modern household, including furniture, a television set, and a large seating area for photo ops.

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Gaddafi liked to bring one Saharan camel with him to greet guests. It's not that he had any particular affection for one camel. Rather, he liked to "greet visitors in the true desert tradition," according to the Daily Mail.

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Muammar Gaddafi pictured in September 1969, just a few weeks after his coup d'etat ousted King Idris. He was only 27 when he became Libyan leader.

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The young Col Gaddafi was passionate about the kind of Arab nationalism espoused by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. The Libyan leader blended it with elements of socialism and Islamic ideals and by 1975 had outlined his political philosophy in the first of three volumes of his Green Book.

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In the early days, Col Gaddafi was seen by some as an "African Che Guevara".

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The Libyan leader's second wife Sophia, with three of their children, in 1986. Two-year-old Khamis, left, was injured and Col Gaddafi's adopted daughter Hannah was among an estimated 100 people killed when the US bombed Tripoli and Benghazi in April 1986. Washington said Libya had been involved in attacks in Europe including the bombing of a Berlin disco frequented by US servicemen.

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In 2011, as rebels organised themselves in the east of the country and Nato imposed a no-fly zone over Libya, Col Gaddafi rallied his supporters in the capital Tripoli promising "a long, drawn-out war with no limits".

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But as the rebel advance continued and Nato raids intensified, public appearances by the embattled Libyan leader dwindled. State TV occasionally showed images of him - grim-faced - in meetings or broadcast his addresses urging his supporters to fight on.

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Forces of the interim government eventually stormed Tripoli in August and overran Col Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound, but the toppled Libyan leader had vanished.

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