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Libya endgame nigh as rebels celebrate in Tripoli

Libya's western rebels have reportedly seized Tripoli's Green Square and captured at least some of Muammar Qaddafi's sons. The strongman's regime appears to be all but finished.

By Staff writer / August 21, 2011

Tens of thousands of Libyans celebrate in Benghazi, Libya, what the rebels claim to be the first uprising in Tripoli against Qaddafi's regime on Aug. 21.

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Libya's endgame appears to be at hand, bringing to a climax an uprising against Muammar Qaddafi that just weeks ago appeared to be stalled by inexperience, disunity, and a lack of resources.

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For months, Libya has been stalemated as rebels have surged forward, only to be pushed back by Qaddafi loyalists. But aided by NATO airstrikes and better organization, rebels have been steadily building momentum.

On Sunday, rebel groups fighting in the west of Libya linked up with armed protesters inside Tripoli and seized Green Square. They insist it has been renamed "Martyr's Square," and a street party was under way there, according to Sky News. CNN reported that at 4:30 am local time that any celebrations were over, and rebel troops controlled the square.

While Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's whereabouts are unknown, rebels have reportedly captured at least some of his sons. One of his eldest sons, Mohammed Qaddafi, was giving an interview to Al Jazeera at about 8:30 p.m. Eastern time saying he was in rebel custody when gunfire broke out in his home and the line was abruptly cut off.

While there are bound to be Qaddafi loyalists still about, it's hard to imagine a scenario where Qaddafi remains in power.


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