File photograph of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi gesturing from a car in the compound of Bab Al Azizia in Tripoli
Moammar Gadhafi reportedly captured and wounded. Reuters

With reports that the former Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi has been killed, here is a timeline of the civil war in Libya since protests against Gaddafi broke out in February.

February 15/16, 2011 - Riots start in Benghazi after the arrest of human rights activist Fethi Tarbel

February 24 - Anti-government militias take control of the city of Misrata after evicting forces Gaddafi loyal forces.

February 26 - The U.N. Security Council imposes sanctions on Gaddafi and his family, and then refers the crackdown on rebels to the International Criminal Court.

February 28 - EU governments approve sanctions against Gaddafi and his advisers.

March 5 - The rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) in Benghazi declares itself Libya's sole representative.

March 17 - The U.N. Security Council votes to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya and military action in order to protect civilians against Gaddafi's army.

March 19 - The first air strikes halt the advance of Gaddafi's forces on Benghazi and target Libya's air defences.

April 30 - A NATO missile attack on a house in Tripoli kills Gaddafi's youngest son and three grandchildren, his government says.

June 27 - The ICC issues arrest warrants for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity.

August 21 - Rebels enter Tripoli with little resistance. Gaddafi makes audio addresses over state television calling on Libyans to fight off the rebel "rats."

August 23 - Rebels overrun Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, destroying all symbols of his rule.

August 29 - Gaddafi's wife, his daughter Aisha and two of his sons enter Algeria. Aisha Gaddafi gives birth in a clinic in a border town hours after crossing the frontier.

September 1 - On the 42nd anniversary of his coming to power, Gaddafi urges his supporters to fight on.

September 8 - Interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril arrives in Tripoli on his first visit since it was taken by his forces.

September 13 - Interim government chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil makes his first speech in Tripoli to a crowd of about 10,000.

September 15 - Britain's David Cameron and France's Nicolas Sarkozy land in Libya to a heroes' welcome.

September 16 - The U.N. Security Council eases sanctions on Libya, including on its national oil company and central bank. The U.N. General Assembly approves a request to accredit interim government envoys as Libya's sole representatives at the U.N., effectively recognizing the NTC.

September 20 - President Barack Obama calls for the last of Gaddafi's loyalist forces to surrender as he announces the return of the U.S. ambassador to Tripoli. Gaddafi taunts NATO in a speech broadcast by Syrian-based Arrai television station.

September 21 - The interim rulers say they have captured most of Sabha, one of three main towns where Gaddafi loyalists have been holding out since the fall of Tripoli. Gaddafi's birthplace Sirte and the town of Bani Walid continue to resist.

September 27 - NATO says Libya's interim rulers have taken full control of the country's stockpile of chemical weapons and nuclear material.

October 12 - Government fighters capture Gaddafi's son Mo'tassim after he tried to escape Sirte.

Oct 13 - NTC forces say they have control of the whole of Sirte except neighbourhood 'Number Two' where Gaddafi forces are surrounded.

Oct 17 - A Syrian television station confirms Gaddafi's son Khamis died in fighting southeast of Tripoli on Aug 29.

Oct 20- Reports that Gaddafi has been killed after being captured in Sirte.

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