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Zimbabwe's president says Gaddafi's death as tragic as Ambassador Stevens'

Criticizing the US and UN, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, said the world should have condemned the violent death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi the same way it did US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday.

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Wednesday the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was as tragic as that of US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, as he delivered a scathing critique of US, U.N. and NATO actions.

Speaking firmly, if occasionally stumbling over words, the 88-year-old president accused the United States of "rushing to suck oil from Iraq" when it invaded the country in 2003 on the erroneous grounds that it possessed weapons of mass destruction.

He said the U.N. Security Council had allowed itself to be "abused" last year by authorizing "all necessary measures" - diplomatic code for military intervention - to protect civilians in Libya in a NATO operation that eventually toppled Gaddafi's government and led to his death at the hands of rebels.


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