Sunday, January 15, 2012

Gaddafi's female bodyguards

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Two months after he was driven away from power and into hiding, former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has died; thus ending the nearly 42-year regime that had turned the oil-rich country into an international pariah and his own personal fiefdom.

A 'flamboyant' Colonel Gaddafi, frequently pictured with female bodyguards, said women were not equal to men because they were biologically different, but he nevertheless exhibited them as a symbol of the success of the Libyan revolution. None had a higher profile than his phalanx of female bodyguards, who wore camouflage fatigues, red nail polish and high-heeled sandals, and carried submachine guns.
Here's a look at the women who became synonymous with Gaddafi's political reign.
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Colonel Gaddafi, protected by his bodyguards, gives a press conference at the end of a bilateral meeting with the chairman of the European Commission in 2004.

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President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko and Muammar Gaddafi listen to national anthems during a ceremony of the meeting at the Presidential office in Kiev on November 4, 2008. (AFP Photo)