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The fall of Kadhafi, a story told in pictures

Tuesday 16 October 2012 - Behind the image

National Transitional Council fighters fire against Moamer Kadhafi's troops in the town of Sirte on October 10, 2011, as they move in for the kill against the strongman's remaining diehards.
AFP Photo/Aris Messinis

The fall of Kadhafi, a story told in pictures


Athens-based AFP photographer Aris Messinis has covered the on-going social crisis in his native Greece since protests there turned violent in 2010. But he has demonstrated his knack for getting good shots under pressure in other hotspots too. His coverage last year of the end-game battle in Syrte, Libya – which pitted a cornered Moamer Kadhafi against the rebel National Liberation Army that had encircled him – earned him the top prize last weekend at the Bayeux-Calvados competition for war correspondents.

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The death of an ambassador

Wednesday 12 September 2012 - Eye witness

US State Department official photo obtained September 12, 2012 shows US ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, who was killed along with three other US officialswhen a mob attacked the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi.

US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, shown here in an official State Department photo, was killed overnight on September 11 during an attack on the American consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Another photo, obtained by AFP, shows Stevens -- possible unconscious, probably dead -- being evacuated from the consulate compound by civilians shortly after the attack. This is the picture’s backstory. (AFP Photo/US State Department)

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