Rebels raiding Colonel Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli have made perhaps their most bizarre discovery yet – a photo album packed with pictures of Condoleezza Rice.
The unusual find has raised some eyebrows in Washington
Glossy images of America’s former Secretary of State were discovered by looters after the besieged leader fled his lair.
Col Gaddafi has previously expressed strong feelings for Miss Rice – in a TV interview in 2007 he described her as his “darling black African woman”.
“I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders,” he told the Al Jazeera network.
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“Leezza, Leezza, Leezza… I love her very much. I admire her and am proud of her because she’s a black woman of African origin.”
He met the subject of his admiration the following year when she visited Libya in a bid to cool relations between the two countries.
She even spent time at his home within the compound – which President Ronald Reagan had bombed in the 1980s – sharing a traditional meal during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Col Gaddafi has described Miss Rice as his ‘darling black African woman’
Eyebrows were raised after Miss Rice was handed a number of unusual and expensive gifts from the Libyan leader, widely dubbed ‘Mad Dog’.
The included a lute, a diamond ring and a locket with a likeness of him engraved inside.
Miss Rice, currently a top academic at Stanford University in the US, has not responded to questions about the photo album, but a Washington official described it as “deeply creepy”.
Other finds in the Bab al Aziziya compound have included fairground rides, expensive art hanging in one of Col Gaddafi’s palaces and a family cinema.
Rebels have also ransacked the home of Col Gaddafi’sdaughter Aisha, posing for photos on her elaborate two-seater couch adorned with a gold-coloured mermaid.
The home of Col Gaddafi’s daughter, Aisha, has also been raided