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'Pride' over UK role in Gaddafi's fall

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Celebrations continued throughout the night in Libya following the death of Colonel Gaddafi.

"Words can't describe it. We've been singing and dancing all day. The war is basically over now Gaddafi is dead," one former fighter told correspondent Wyre Davies reports from Tripoli.

Discussing the UK's part in the fall of the dictator, new defence secretary Philip Hammond said he was "very proud" of the contribution of Britain's armed forces.

The UK would continue to support the Nato operation until they were certain the threat to Libyan civilians had passed, but on the basis of reports he believed the threat "had passed".

"We want to be sure that any remaining pockets of resistance have been dealt with," he said.

Gaddafi's death means "a cloud had now been lifted" over those affected by his support of terrorism, he said.

And while the reason for the campaign was to protect civilians, he now expected British sales people to be "packing their suitcases" and heading to the country to help with the reconstruction process.


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