Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fortified compound residence Bab Al-Aziza in Tripoli bombed: Map and video clip

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Of the two dozen residences Muammar Gaddafi calls home, the most known and recognizable is the Bab el-Aziza compound, located right in the heart of Tripoli, not far from the Tarabulus Zoo. The compound includes a gaggle of concrete bunkers, administrative offices buildings, private residences and Gaddafi’s unforgettable tent. The West European “Odyssey Dawn” bombardments that aimed to remove Gaddafi’s ability to carry aerial attacks against the rebel city of Benghazi included a round of counter-bombing of military and command and control centers in Tripoli. During this attack several Tomahawk missiles hit Bab el-Aziza. CNN describes what an American negotiator went through during her visit ot the compound in 2007:

Townsend was then taken to what she called a receiving building, where she waited for several hours in one of the many spacious rooms decorated in traditional Arab fashion with couches lining the perimeter.

She was then driven to a field of knee-high grass, which they had to traipse through on foot to get to the elaborate tent where Gadhafi was waiting to meet her.

Uniformed guards with guns stood outside the tent, with armed plainclothes security inside.

The Bedouin-style tent had an opening on one side, a roof and sides made of heavy textile and was filled with numerous rugs and couches.

Townsend felt Gadhafi clearly intended to intimidate her. He immediately made reference to her Greek heritage and let her know he had done research on her — he knew her background.

“It’s all about thuggery there,” said Townsend. “They are sending the message, ‘We know who you are.’ “

The map below show the area bombed over the past days. Zoom in and pan to see details.

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Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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