Matthew VanDyke: An American Fighter in Post-Gadhafi Libya

Friday, October 21, 2011

US national Matthew VanDyke holds his gun at the eastern front to the city Sirte on October 2, 2011. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Matthew VanDyke is an American who traveled to Libya when the war broke out. He planned to travel, write, and help friends in the area. But his plan went terribly wrong in March when he was captured by Gadhafi loyalists and held in solitary confinement for six months. He finally escaped captivity in August, but has stayed on in Libya out of a sense of loyalty to the other men he was imprisoned with, apparently joining the NTC fighters. Matthew's mother Sharon VanDyke talks about what the future holds for her son, now that Moammar Gadhafi has been killed.

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