On War: Libya Rebels Take Tripoli

On War: Libya Rebels Take Tripoli | Plog — World, National Photos, Photography and Reportage — The Denver Post



The rebels claim they have now taken control of nearly all of Tripoli, but Gadhafi loyalists fired shells and assault rifles at fighters who had captured the Libyan leader’s personal Bab al-Azizya compound one day earlier.

A rebel fighter climbs on top of a statue inside Moammar Gadhafi’s compound Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli. Intense clashes erupted between Libyan rebels and regime loyalists in a neighborhood next to Moammar Gadhafi’s compound that was stormed by opposition forces a day earlier.

Rebel fighters posed for photos on a two seater couch framed by a golden mermaid with the face of Aisha Gadhafi the daughter of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in her house in Tripoli. A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight on “until victory or martyrdom,” as rebel fighters tried to end scattered attacks by regime loyalists in the nervous capital.


With Libya’s NTC in Place, Little Sign of Leading

With Libya’s NTC in Place, Little Sign of Leading – WSJ.com

TRIPOLI, Libya—Libya’s National Transitional Council has won control over the country’s major cities, secured diplomatic recognition and gained international funding—but on the ground in the capital, there are few signs the new officials are ready to start governing.

Tripoli has been the heart of Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s police state, but his larger governing ideology shunned centralized institutions. Now, as the transitional authority looks to create new federal structures, hurdles both large and small stand in its way, ranging from basic questions of which buildings new ministries will occupy to the knottier question of paring Gadhafi hacks from employment rolls and finding skilled technocrats to fill those gaps.

The NTC says Tripoli has now been secured from Gadhafi fighters and has called on rebels from outside the capital to return home. But in outlying cities, there are still pockets of fighters loyal to the leader of 42 years, and broader confusion remains about the authority of the NTC members themselves.

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