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Qaddafi's son toured Air Force Academy this year

DENVER - The Air Force Academy confirms that a son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi visited the school last month during a U.S. tour that included businesses and other schools.

Academy spokesman Lt. Col. John Bryan said Wednesday that Khamis Qaddafi got a standard VIP tour of the school on Feb. 7 - eight days before the Libyan uprising began.

Bryan says it included academic, athletic and residential buildings, and briefings from the dean of faculty and the vice superintendent.

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Bryan says Qaddafi wouldn't have learned anything of benefit to the Libyan military.

The U.S. tour, first reported last week, was organized by an infrastructure company with business interests in Libya. It was cut short when the Libyan uprising erupted.

In the uprising, Khamis has been in charge of the "Khamis Brigade," described by Al Jazeera as the Libyan army's best trained and equipped elite special forces unit. U.S. Admiral Samuel Locklear described the brigade as a "premier force for Colonel Qaddafi" that "we have been watching closely."

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