The collapse of the Gadhafi regime delights many Libyans but holds the risk of ongoing instability for much of the rest of the region.
The mercenaries he recruited in Africa over the years are deserting him and heading home, armed and without many prospects.
Journalist Peter Gwin is a staff writer with National Geographic and recently spent time with one of them, a member of the Tuareg tribe from Mali, who revealed Gadhafi's bloody agenda for ethnic cleansing. Gwin joined CBC Radio from Washington.
Listen to Gwin's interview with CBC Radio.