Biography: Colonel Gaddafi
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Colonel Gaddafi, was the ruler of Libya from 1969, when he seized power in a bloodless military coup, until
2011 when his government was overthrown in a civil war which consisted of a popular uprising aided by a foreign intervention. His 42-year rule prior to the uprising made him the fourth longest-ruling non-royal leader since 1900, as well as the longest-ruling Arab leader.
Muammar al-Gaddafi was raised in a bedouin tent
in the desert near Sirte (Sidra). According to many biographies, his family
belongs to a small tribe of Arabs, the Qadhadhfa. Gaddafi attended a
Muslim elementary school far from home in Sabha, during which time he was
profoundly influenced by major events in the Arab world. He was passionate about
the success of the Palestinians and was deeply disappointed by their defeat by
Israeli forces in 1948. He admired Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and
looked to him as a hero during his rise to power in 1952. In 1956 Gaddafi took
part in anti-Israeli protests during the Suez Crisis.He finished his secondary
school studies under a private tutor in Misrata, concentrating on the study of
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