Libya on the brink of change

Rebels swept into the center of Tripoli over the weekend, and the end appeared to be inevitable for the 42-year reign of Moammar Khadafy as leader of Libya, but government forces were still putting up sporadic resistance in pockets of the city. The whereabouts of Khadafy were unknown. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity. The six-month uprising had been marked by slow progress followed by setbacks, but moved with startling speed over the weekend. Gathered here are pictures from the last few days of the fighting and celebrations. — Lane Turner (31 photos total)

Libya on the brink of change – The Big Picture –


August 22, 2011

World urges Gadhafi to surrender

The Frame: World urges Gadhafi to surrender

ROME (AP) — World leaders said Monday the end is near for Moammar Gadhafi’s regime and began planning for Libya’s future without the man who has held power there for 42 years.

Leaders across Europe welcomed the rebels’ dramatic advances in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, after six months of fighting, and urged Gadhafi to surrender and avoid a bloodbath. Hundreds of Libyans living abroad celebrated in the streets, taking over embassies, burning images of the Libyan strongman and hoisting rebel flags.

Though Gadhafi’s whereabouts were not known, leaders were already setting the stage for new leadership. (30 images)

Qaddafi’s Son Taunts Rebels in Tripoli –

TRIPOLI, Libya — The euphoria that followed the rebels’ triumphant march in Tripoli gave way to confusion and wariness on Monday, as Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi remained at large, his son Seif al-Islam made a surprise appearance at a hotel with foreign journalists, and pockets of loyalist forces stubbornly resisted rebel efforts to take control of the capital.

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