May 21, 2013
Gadhafi Under Siege
Posted on Aug 21, 2011
Update 3: Though most of Tripoli is in rebel hands, Moammar Gadhafi’s whereabouts remain unknown. Another of his sons, former footballer Saadi Gadhafi, was reportedly captured. NATO says it will continue its campaign of air support until all pro-Gadhafi forces surrender.
Update 2: As of this posting (Aug. 22, 1 a.m. Pacific time), rebel forces were engaged in fighting around the compound of Moammar Gadhafi, whose loyalists are said to control only a small fraction of Tripoli.
Update: Rebels fought their way into central Tripoli on Sunday, reportedly capturing one of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons. The BBC reports that the embattled leader remains in control of thousands of troops, though his hold on power appears more tenuous every hour.
Libyan rebels met with little resistance as they penetrated the outskirts of Tripoli on Sunday, edging closer to the last stronghold of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. With the help of NATO forces, insurgents captured strategic oil and military sites and seized weapons. Whether their success will continue as they leave Tripoli’s rural fringe and move into its populous urban areas—where NATO may be less likely to assist—is uncertain. —ARK
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