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Friday, October 21, 2011 - 9:43am

Khaddafy's death sparks questions about what's next for Libya.

In Washington, this morning: death of a dictator.

Reaction is pouring in to the killing of Libya’s longtime leader Moammar Khaddafy and what it means for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Khaddafy is due to be buried today, as we get new details of how he died, and what's next for Libya.

Pictures prove that Moammar Khaddafy was captured alive then killed during a gun battle between rebels and his own bodyguards. "We did exactly what we said we are going to do in Libya," said President Obama.

There have been celebrations in Tripoli and Washington where his death raises the question, ‘what's next?’ "I think it's clear that the NATO mission is coming to an end... leave it to NATO to formally declare that," said White House Spokesman Jay Carney.

The U.S. has spent about one and a half billion dollars in Libya, but little or nothing to liberate other Arab nations. "Syrians are probably going to turn around and say 'Khaddafy is gone. Where is the rest of the international community to help us? Where are the Americans?, said Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, Marc Ginsburg.

Some analysts suggest that a long-term occupation like Iraq and Afghanistan are unlikely. "We are going to see Special Forces. We are going to see intelligence operatives. We are going to see drones. And we're going to be doing it perhaps in ten or twenty places around the world Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haas.

Foreign policy questions remain, but for families who lost loved ones in the Pan Am explosion over Lockerbie, Scotland that khaddafy is believed to have ordered, there's finally an answer. "To finally get the man that ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103 eliminated - that's true justice for my brother and all citizens in free countries," said Burt Ammerman whose brother was on Pan Am Flight 103.

As for Libya, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this morning it's a new era for the country... And the work to build democracy there is just beginning.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.
 

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