Qaddafi's Son Is Alive, and He Wants to Take Back Libya

By Sabrina Tavernise, Daniel Guillemette, Asthaa Chaturvedi, Jessica Cheung, Rachelle Bonja, Mike Benoist, Dan Powell, Marion Lozano, Elisheba Ittoop and Chris Wood

Before the Arab Spring, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the second son of the Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, was establishing himself as a serious figure internationally.

Seif was an alumnus of the London School of Economics, he went to Davos, he knew the Bushes and Tony Blair, and spoke often of reform. He stood in contrast as a serious figure next to his eccentric father.

Then, the Arab Spring came to Libya. His father was killed, as were two of his brothers. Seif himself was captured by rebels and taken to the western mountains of Libya.

For years, rumors have surrounded the fate of Seif — had he been killed? Was he married with children? Did he become religious, more serious?

Now he has re-emerged with political ambitions, but where has he been and what has he learned?

ImageSeif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the second son of Libya’s deposed longtime dictator, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, in 2011. He has recently re-emerged after 10 years, touting his political ambitions.
Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the second son of Libya’s deposed longtime dictator, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, in 2011. He has recently re-emerged after 10 years, touting his political ambitions.Credit...Ammar El-Darwish/Reuters

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