Libyan Rebels Battle for Control of Tripoli

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Libyan rebel celebrates inside the captured military base, 'Kilometre 27', base to soldiers loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, 16 kilometers west of the centre of Tripoli, on August 21, 2011. (Filippo Monteforte/Getty)

After months of rebel uprisings and NATO air assaults on Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s regime in Libya, rebel forces reached a major breakthrough this weekend. Advancing to just seventeen miles outside Tripoli, the rebels pushed through the city’s outer defense lines, flooded into the capital and battled with Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi loyalists last night. The rebels captured two of Gadhafi's sons, including Seif al-Islam, the assumed heir-apparent, and civilians celebrated in the streets over what may be the end of Quaddafi's 42 years in power of Libya. Does this spell the end for him?

Dirk Vandewalle is a Dartmouth professor and Libya expert. He joins us from New Hampshire. Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, also joins us.


Ibrahim Dabbashi and Dirk Vandewalle

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

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