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Safia Farkash and Muammar el-Qaddafi Marriage Profile

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News Updates:

10/23/2011: LATimes.com reports the latest estimates of the hidden wealth of Moammar Kadafi is "more than $200 billion ... about $30,000 for every Libyan citizen ..."

10/20/2011: Libyan officials announced the death of Muammar Qaddafi.

8/29/2011: There are unconfirmed reports that Colonel Muammar Qaddafi's wife Safia and several of his children are in Algeria.

8/21/2011: Both Qaddafi's government and family was on the verge of collapse as opposition forces moved into Tripoli.

Born:

Muammar Muhammad el-Qaddafi: June 7, 1942 in Sirte aka Surt, Libya.

Safia el-Brasai aka Safia Farkash al-Baraasi aka Safia Farcas: al-Baida.

Spelling of Qaddafi's name: "For the record, here's the official Library of Congress rundown on how to spell ol' whatsisname: (1) Muammar Qaddafi, (2) Mo'ammar Gadhafi, (3) Muammar Kaddafi, (4) Muammar Qadhafi, (5) Moammar El Kadhafi, (6) Muammar Gadafi, (7) Mu'ammar al-Qadafi, (8) Moamer El Kazzafi, (9) Moamar al-Gaddafi, (10) Mu'ammar Al Qathafi, (11) Muammar Al Qathafi, (12) Mo'ammar el-Gadhafi, (13) Moamar El Kadhafi, (14) Muammar al-Qadhafi, (15) Mu'ammar al-Qadhdhafi, (16) Mu'ammar Qadafi, (17) Moamar Gaddafi, (18) Mu'ammar Qadhdhafi, (19) Muammar Khaddafi, (20) Muammar al-Khaddafi, (21) Mu'amar al-Kadafi, (22) Muammar Ghaddafy, (23) Muammar Ghadafi, (24) Muammar Ghaddafi, (25) Muamar Kaddafi, (26) Muammar Quathafi, (27) Muammar Gheddafi, (28) Muamar Al-Kaddafi, (29) Moammar Khadafy, (30) Moammar Qudhafi, (31) Mu'ammar al-Qaddafi, (32) Mulazim Awwal Mu'ammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi."
Source: Cecil Adams. "How are you supposed to spell Muammar Gaddafi/Khadafy/Qadhafi?" Straightdope.com. 6/20/1986.
112 Different English Spellings of Gaddafi's Name from ABC News
How to Spell Libyan Leader Muammar el Qaddafi/Ghaddafi/Kaddafi/Qadhafi's name?

Died:

Muammar Qaddafi: The killing of Qaddafi at the age of 69 in Surt, Libya was announced by Libyan officials on October 20, 2011.

How Safia and Muammar Qaddafi Met:

Muammar Qaddafi and Safia met when Safia was Qaddafi's nurse when he was in the hospital for appendicitis in 1970 or 1971.

Wedding Date:

Muammar Qaddafi and Safi were married abt. 1970-1971.

Children:

Qaddafi and Safia have six sons and one daughter. They also reportedly adopted two children.
  • Muhammad al-Qaddafi: Born abt. 1970. Engineer, head of the Libyan Olympic Committee and the Libya telecom company. His mother is Fatiha al-Nuri Khaled. Reportedly in Algeria.
  • Seif al-Islam Muammar al-Qaddafi: Born June 25, 1972 in Tripoli, Libya. Architect, engineer, politician.
  • Al-Saadi al-Qaddafi: Born May 25, 1973 in Tripoli, Libya. Professional football player, businessman, member of the Libyan Army. Reportedly in Niger. MSNBC reported that he was staying at Villa Verde, a "luxurious guesthouse next to the presidential palace in Niger's capital."
  • Hannibal Muammar al-Qaddafi: Born abt. 1976. Businessman.
  • Al-Mu'tasim-Billah al-Qaddafi: Born abt. 1977 in Tripoli, Libya. Member of the Libyan Army, serves as national security adviser. Reportedly killed in October 2011.
  • Saif al-Arab al-Qaddafi: Born abt. 1982 in Tripoli, Libya. Student in Munich, Germany. Served more recently in the Libyan Army. Believed to have died in an airstrike on April 30, 2011 in Libya.
  • Hanna al-Qaddafi: Born November 11, 1985. Adopted. Hanna reportedly died in 1986 in Tripoli, but there is information that she is still alive and is a doctor in Libya.
  • Khamis al-Qaddafi: Born May 27, 1983 in Tripoli, Libya. Member of the Libyan Army. Reportedly killed in a battle south of Tripoli in late August 2011.
  • Ayesha al-Qaddafi aka Aisha al-Qaddafi: Born abt. 1976. Lawyer, mediator, member of the Libyan Army. In 2006 Ayesha married one of her father's cousins, Ahmed al-Qaddafi al-Qashi. Ahmed died on July 26, 2011.
  • Milad al-Qaddafi: Adopted.

Residence:

Safia and Qaddafi resided in Tripoli, Libya for their entire marriage. Gaddafi's residence is a very large, sprawling, fortified compound called Bab el-Aziza located in the heart of Tripoli. The total number of facilities that Qaddafi calls home is 24, at least one being a Bedouin-style tent.
Kathryn Westcott: "Col Gaddafi doesn't stay long in one location and his current whereabouts are a mystery."
Source: Kathryn Westcott. "Muammar Gaddafi's presidential bolt-hole." BBC.co.uk. 5/01/2011.

Occupations:

Qaddafi: Leader of Libya since he seized power on September 1, 1969.

Safia: Nurse, owner of Libyan airline Buraq Air.

Previous Marriage:

Qaddafi was previously married in 1968 to Fatiha al-Nuri Khaled aka Fathiha, a teacher. The arranged relationship only lasted six months and ended in divorce.

Quotes About Qaddafi and Safia:

David Leigh: "Gaddafi relies heavily on his long-time Ukrainian nurse, Galyna Kolotnytska, who has been described as a 'voluptuous blonde' ... Libyan protocol staff emphasized to multiple Emboffs [embassy officials] that Gaddafi cannot travel without Kolotnytska, as she alone 'knows his routine'... Some embassy contacts have claimed that Gaddafi and the 38-year-old Kolotnytska have a romantic relationship."
Source: David Leigh. WikiLeaks Cables: Muammar Gaddafi and the 'voluptuous blonde.'" Guardian.co.uk. 12/07/2010.

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