Gaddafi's sons and their varied roles [PHOTOS]

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on March 30 2011 11:34 AM
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    Mohammed Muammar al-Gaddafi, the eldest son of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, graduates with a PhD in Engineering and Management from Liverpool University in northern England July 5, 2006. Reuters
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    Artist and architect Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and chairman of the Al Qaddafi International Foundation for Charity and Development, stands near his painting called "White tiger" as he visits "The desert is not silent" exhibition in Moscow, June 28, 2010. The exhibition, which has been travelling to various countries and continents since 2002, was organised to acquaint art and history lovers with antiquities from museums in Libya as well as with works of contemporary Libyan artists. Reuters
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    Hannibal Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, sits while Libya's Shipping Corporation director Ali Belhadj (R) and Jacques Hardelay, President of Cruise & Ferries in France of STX Europe, sign an agreement to build a cruise ship, in Tripoli June 30, 2010. Reuters
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    Saadi Gaddafi, a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, speaks during a news conference at his office in Tripoli January 31, 2010. Libya's main legislative body has approved a law setting up a free trade zone on the country's Mediterranean coast, Saadi told Reuters. Reuters
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    Moammer Gaddafi, son of Libyan [President Muammar Gaddafi], looks to the side during training of his team, Tripoli side Al-Ahli, in Hamrun outside Valletta, on June 7, 2000. The football lover,[whose personal trainer is former Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson], has reached an agreement with Malta champions Birkirkara to play for the side during their upcoming Champions League commitments. Reuters
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    Libyan player Rafik Gaddafi, the son of Libyan's head of state [Muammar Gaddafi] watches a charity match in Chaban Delmas stadium July 17, 2003 to raise funds for the association "fete ton foot" which was created to help children living in the Sahara desert. Reuters
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    A man (C) resembling Khamis Gaddafi, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, greets supporters in this still image taken from video March 29, 2011. Libyan television broadcast on Tuesday what it said was live footage of Khamis Gaddafi greeting supporters at his father's compound in Tripoli. A TV anchor said the images, which showed a man with a striking resemblance to Khamis Gaddafi, refuted reports in the Arab media and on the Internet that he was killed by a disaffected air force pilot who flew his plane into Gaddafi's Tripoli compound. Reuters
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    Moammer Gaddafi (L) son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, discusses a point with his personal trainer, former Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson (R) in Hamrun outside Valletta June 7, 2000. Reuters
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    Mohammed Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi, waves after he inaugurated a stadium named after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Benghazi March 5, 2009, in recognition of Chavez's support of the Palestinians during the recent Israeli offensive in Gaza. Reuters
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    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, pauses during an interview with Reuters in Tripoli March 10, 2011. Reuters
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    Hannibal Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, attends the signing of an agreement in Tripoli October 14, 2010. Irish-based company Transas Marine will install a radar system in Libya to track the movement of ships and monitor pollution in the nation's territorial waters, and aid in combating illegal immigration. Reuters
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    Al Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of Libyan leader [Muammar] Gaddafi, reacts to a question at a news conference in Sydney February 7, 2005. Al Saadi Gaddafi is travelling in Australia with the Libyan soccer team, of which he is a member and will also meet with Australia's [Trade Minister Mark Vaile.] Reuters
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One of Muammar Gaddafi's seven sons, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, has hogged much limelight amidst the Libyan conflict as he emerged as a spokesperson for the Libyan leader's regime.

It was recently reported that Gaddafi's son Khamis was killed when a Libyan Air Force pilot crashed his jet into Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli. However, the report was denied after a footage showed pictures of Khamis greeting supporters.

Gaddafi's glamorous daughter Aisha Gaddafi has received much acclaim as the Claudia Schiffer of North Africa, a title accorded by the Arabic Press. She is a lawyer and was a former Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

While his sons have not enjoyed the same spotlight yet there are tid bits across the media which provide a glimpse into the lives of his sons.

Muammar Gaddafi's eldest son from the second marriage, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, is an architect and artist. His other sons include Moammer Gaddafi, a football lover who has former Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson as his personal trainer.

Gaddafi's eldest son Mohammed Muammar al-Gaddafi holds a PhD in Engineering and Management from Liverpool University, Britain.

Allvoices reported that one of Gaddafi's sons Saadi Gaddafi is a shareholder in football club Juventus. Gaddafi's another son Hannibal Gaddafi is the one who along with his wife was arrested in Geneva on charges of ill treatment of servants which later escalated into a diplomatic issue between Tripoli and Switzerland.

His son Khamis Gaddafi, who was reported to be killed in the current Libyan crisis according to DailyMail, was on a U.S. State Department-approved tour of America during the time when the recent Libyan crisis commenced. Khamis Gaddafi, 27, was on a four-week U.S. tour organized by an AECOM, an American global infrastructure company, with U.S. State Department approval. 

While it seems his sons have not been accorded much media attention here is a slideshow showcasing Gaddafi's sons and their varied engagements:

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