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Qaddafi Takes Control

Muammar Qaddafi burst onto the international stage in September 1969, when the 27-year-old Libyan army officer led a bloodless coup against King Idris. The country's new ruler was driven both by Arab nationalism fueled by Israel's victories in 1948 and 1967 and by hatred for the West, shaped by Libya's past as an Italian colony. Above, Qaddafi answers reporters' questions in Paris.

Photographer: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

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