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Gadhafi's daughter due to give birth next month

From Nima Elbagir, CNN
Aisha, daughter of Moammar Gadhafi, salutes the crowds gathered in her father's residence in Tripoli on April 15, 2011.
Aisha, daughter of Moammar Gadhafi, salutes the crowds gathered in her father's residence in Tripoli on April 15, 2011.
  • NEW: Aisha Gadhafi is among family members who arrived in Algeria Monday
  • Aisha Gadhafi is due to give birth next month, sources say
  • She has stayed out of the public eye during much of the Libyan war
  • She was a member of Saddam Hussein's legal team

(CNN) -- Moammar Gadhafi's daughter, a former U.N. goodwill ambassador who has kept a low profile during Libya's violent uprising, is due to give birth in early September, sources close to her family told CNN.

Known in the Arab media as the "Claudia Schiffer" of the region, the striking blonde beauty was once considered her embattled father's best asset. But, unlike her brothers, Aisha Gadhafi has largely kept out of the public eye as rebels continue to quash the last pockets of resistance from her father's 42-year-old regime.

Many observers expected Gadhafi's only daughter to show more support for her father's increasingly beleaguered regime, especially when a NATO airstrike in April killed her brother, Saif al-Arab Gadhafi, and her own daughter -- one of several Gadhafi grandchildren who died in the attack.

One source told CNN that, at the time, she was struggling through a "difficult pregnancy."

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Another insisted that Aisha Gadhafi and the rest of the family "will live and die in Libya."

"Aisha and her mother have the perfect excuse to seek safe passage" from the rebel National Transitional Council, the source said. "But from the NTC but they haven't -- and they won't."

"When the family says they will stay -- you have to believe they will stay."

However, Algeria's Foreign Ministry announced Monday that Moammar Gadhafi's wife, Safia, and three children, including Aisha, had entered that country. The family members arrived in Algeria via the Libyan border, state media reported, citing the ministry.

In February, as Moammar Gadhafi called on the military to crack down on anti-government protesters early in the Libyan conflict, the United Nations terminated his daughter's stint as a goodwill ambassador in Libya for the U.N. Development Program.

In an interview on Libyan state-run television at the time, Aisha Gadhafi said she had heard the news. "I can't verify if it's true or not, but all the Libyans who know me ... know that I am the goodwill ambassador with or without the United Nations," she said.

She had been named to the position in 2009 to address HIV/AIDS and violence against women in Libya.

A lawyer by profession, she is also known to toe a very tough political line. She has been a longtime, loud supporter of anti-government groups -- except at home -- including the IRA and the insurgents in Iraq.

She was famously part of Saddam Hussein's defense team when he was tried. He ultimately was convicted and hanged. When The Telegraph asked her how she felt about Iraqis who say he slaughtered thousands of their countrymen, she replied, "You are bound to meet people who may be against your policies."

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