Matthew VanDyke, 32, gained international attention last year when he was captured by the military of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. VanDyke left Baltimore Feb. 26, 2011, was captured March 13 near Brega and jailed in Tripoli's Abu Salim prison for 166 days. When he was freed in August, he said he returned to fighting before heading back to the United States in November.
U.S. national Matthew VanDyke poses with a poster of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi at his childhood home in Baltimore, Maryland recently. VanDyke was captured by Libyan government forces after joining Libyan rebel forces on the front line. He spent nearly six months in jail before being released. For use with UPI story bc-liyba-protests-mercenary. UPI/Mike Theiler