Gaddafi's female bodyguards

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Editor's note:

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's choice of bodyguards has been the subject of much media attention. His 40-member bodyguard contingent, known as the Amazonian Guard, is entirely female. According to Wikipedia, all women who qualify for duty supposedly must be virgins, and are hand-picked by Gaddafi himself. They are trained in the use of firearms and martial arts at a special academy before entering service.



About the Amazonian Guard


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Women in Libya


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