Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a voice for military intervention in Libya. Now, she's visiting Tripoli, basking in the mission's success and trying to boost US ties to the new government.
The rebel government is preparing to move many of its ministries from Benghazi to Tripoli, even as Muammar Qaddafi's regime vowed to fight for years.
Despite the Russian media report, the Libyan government denies Qaddafi will consider stepping down and rebels say he must face justice.
Even as Qaddafi gains on the battlefield, Western officials say his regime is "crumbling" from the inside. A trusted family envoy reportedly met with British officials in London this week.
The opposition would maintain its insistence on Qaddafi's removal from power. Friday protests are sweeping through Syria, while Egyptians are demonstrating against a new law criminalizing protests.