10/20/2011 12:37 pm ET | Updated Dec 20, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi Dead: White House Officials Hold Press Conference On Reports Of Libyan Leader's Death

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White House officials held a press conference on Thursday to address reports of Muammar Gaddafi's death.

The AP reports:

U.S. officials already were focused on helping the new Libyan leaders build a stable government before word came Thursday that former dictator Muammar Gaddafi was dead, seven months after the United States and NATO began their bombing campaign in Libya.

The Transitional National Council informed the United States of Gaddafi's death shortly before Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril's announcement to his nation that the moment so many had waited for had come, a U.S. official said. The White House and State Department were expected to release official responses later Thursday.

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