The American fighter in Libya (8 images)

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.
Updated: Feb. 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM
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In photo supplied by U.S. national Matthew VanDyke, he fires a weapon on the streets of Sirte, Libya while with Libyan rebel forces in October, 2011. VanDyke was captured by Libyan government forces after joining Libyan resistance 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
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