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Muammar Gaddafi Defeated: Libyan Rebels Take Tripoli (Video)
Libayn Rebels Reach Green Square in Tripoli: Is Gaddafi Dead?
While he hasn't admitted it just yet, Muammar Gaddafi's regime has been effectively defeated. Libyan rebels revealed themselves within Tripoli as additional rebel forces streamed in through the suburbs on August 21 after the day's heavy fighting, facing only sporadic opposition late on August 21 and early on August 22.
Reports that Gaddafi is dead are unconfirmed. Barada TV's Malik Al-Abdeh retracted his initial tweet, as reports are conflicting. After six months of civil war, the rebels have reached Green Square, the symbolic center of Muammar Gaddafi's power.
Muammar Gaddafi has refused to surrender, at least publicly; he's apparently ready to negotiate his exit. However, there is little doubt, among analysts, journalists, and Libyans in the streets of Tripoli, that this is the end of Muammar Gaddafi's 41-year rule. The question for now is: Will Gaddafi go quietly?
Gaddafi's Sons Captured
Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi, has been arrested by rebel forces. The National Transitional Council (NTC) expressed interest in sending him to the Hague for a war crimes trial. Mohammed Gaddafi has also been detained after a shootout at his house-- he confirmed this himself to al-Jazeera.
Celebrations in Tripoli
NPR's Andy Carvin, whose Twitter feed has served as an effective clearinghouse of Libyan civil war coverage, is passing on several reports of celebrations in the streets of Tripoli. Gaddafi holds no more strategic areas of Libya, and his international friends have abandoned him. His government is no longer recognized by any nation in a position to help him hang on to power.
NATO aircraft are flying low over Tripoli. It's now August 22 in Libya, and Sky News is reporting virtually no resistance from Gaddafi's supporters as the Libyan rebels roll into the city center.
Operation Mermaid Dawn
The Libyan rebels called the Tripoli attack "Operation Mermaid Dawn", as "mermaid is a nickname for Tripoli. The push began as soon as the Ramadan fast ended.