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    Libya: Gaddafi faces final battle as fighting erupts in Tripoli

    Could it be!
    Could Wacky Qadaffi finally be going, going, gone?

    Fighting Erupts in Tripoli
    Charles Levinson
    AUGUST 20, 2011, 7:27 P.M. ET
    Gunfire, Explosions Rattle Tripoli as Rebels Advance - WSJ.com

    ZAWIYA, Libya -- Fierce street fights broke out in several neighborhoods of Tripoli on Saturday night, according to Tripoli residents and rebel fighters, as rebels inside the capital took to the streets and clashed with heavily armed government forces.

    After six months of war, it appeared that the climactic final battle for control of the capital of two million residents, had at last begun. After over four decades in power, Col. Moammar Gadhafi's rule teetered on the brink of collapse just 12 days shy of the 42nd anniversary of his coming to power on September 1, 1969.

    As reports poured in to rebel-held areas of Libya of Tripoli's budding uprising, Libyans poured into the streets to celebrate. In Zawiya, the coastal city 30 miles west of Tripoli which rebels cleared of Mr. Gadhafi's fighters on Friday night, jubilant residents paraded through the streets, honking car horns, screeching tires, and firing celebratory gunfire into the air.

    In Benghazi, the rebels' de facto capital in eastern Libya and the city where the uprising against Col. Gadhafi's rule first began on Feb. 17, thousands of people poured into the seaside courthouse square.

    Residents tracked Tripoli's developments minute-by-minute by phone calls from friends in the capital, and by news reports on Al Jazeera and the rebel controlled news network Libya Ahrar. Cellular phone networks in Libya were overloaded by the traffic.
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    Libya: Gaddafi faces final battle as fighting erupts in Tripoli
    Fighting has erupted in Tripoli after rebels closed in on the Libyan capital, raising hopes among his opponents that Muammar Gaddafi’s regime is finally on the brink of Collapse.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...n-Tripoli.html
    By Nick Meo, In Zintan, Libya
    12:03AM BST 21 Aug 2011
    Gunfire, anti-aircraft fire and explosions rang out across the city on Saturday night as rebel commanders hailed the start of an attack on the dictator’s final stronghold.

    Residents reported fighting in several neighbourhoods and said rebels were in the streets, although the Libyan government insisted the capital was “safe and stable”.

    Jumma Ibrahim, a rebel spokesman, said: “The revolution from inside Tripoli has officially started in many parts...of Tripoli, and is expected to spread to all of Tripoli.”

    Colonel Fadlallah Haroun, a rebel military commander in Benghazi, claimed the fighting marked the beginning of an assault on the capital coordinated with NATO forces.

    Col Haroun said that weapons were assembled and sent by tugboats to Tripoli on Friday night.

    But perhaps be measured in our exuberance as a headless Libya would be a pretty complicated situation.
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    Re: Libya: Gaddafi faces final battle as fighting erupts in Tripoli

    I saw this earlier and was thrilled. Hopefully Ghadaffi gives up once Tripoli falls. If he does then this war wont draw itself out.
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    Re: Libya: Gaddafi faces final battle as fighting erupts in Tripoli

    Looks like he's toast, and good riddance.

    Thanks for doing the right thing, President Obama.

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    Re: Libya: Gaddafi faces final battle as fighting erupts in Tripoli

    One of those times when it's good to familiarize yourself with AJE - Al Jazeera English

    Libyan fighting reaches streets of Tripoli - Africa - Al Jazeera English
    Rebels herald "zero hour" as gunfire and explosions shake Libyan capital and Muammar Gaddafi urges supporters to fight.
    Last Modified: 21 Aug 2011 00:42


    Battle for Tripoli intensifies as fighting rages in the Tajourah district, an area said to be under rebel control [REUTERS]


    Sustained automatic gunfire and a series of explosions have rung out in Tripoli, according to reports from the Libyan capital.

    Blasts and gunfire rocked the city after sunset on Saturday, and witnesses reported fighting in the eastern neighbourhoods of Souq al-Jomaa, Arada and Tajoura.

    A government spokesman had earlier said an attack on Tripoli by rebels seeking to depose Muammar Gaddafi had been "dealt with".
    "Sure, there were some armed militants who escaped into some neighbourhoods and there were some scuffles, but we dealt with it within a half hour and it is now calm," Moussa Ibrahim said.
    "The situation is under control," Ibrahim said on television, adding that pro-regime volunteers had repelled insurgents’ attacks in several neighbourhoods.
    Ibrahim dismissed mounting speculation that the regime was on the brink as a "media attack," but more gunfire was heard after he spoke on television.

    Gaddafi message

    In a live audio broadcast aired on state television early on Sunday morning, Gaddafi congratulated his supporters for repelling an attack by rebel "rats".

    Gaddafi accused French President Nicolas Sarkozy of trying to steal the country's oil and said that the rebels were "bent on the destruction of the Libyan people".

    Gun battles and the explosion of apparent mortar rounds could be heard clearly at the hotel where foreign correspondents stay in the capital. Their movements are tightly restricted by the regime.
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    Libyan Rebels Advance Into Central Tripoli

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    Re: Libyan Rebels Advance Into Central Tripoli

    And so begins the real test, the aftermath of a revolution.

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    Re: Libyan Rebels Advance Into Central Tripoli

    they have suffered under a dictatorship for a long time. best wishes to the Libyan people as they rebuild their country. i hope that they make good choices.

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    Re: Libyan Rebels Advance Into Central Tripoli

    I hope it's really the end this time. What happened to Gaddafi's forces?

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    Re: Libyan Rebels Advance Into Central Tripoli

    His daughter lost her standing with the UN, because she supported her daddy. She always seemed really smart, so I wonder what this will mean for her future.

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    Re: Libyan Rebels Advance Into Central Tripoli

    Gaddafi has resorted to asking tribes to defend Tripoli..

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