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Tripoli about to fall to the rebels?

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Confirmation that the rebels have entered Tripoli and have captured one of Gadaffi's sons. Reports that some sections of Gadaffi's army has given up while others are fiercly resisting.

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Confirmation that the rebels have entered Tripoli and have captured one of Gadaffi's sons. Reports that some sections of Gadaffi's army has given up while others are fiercly resisting.

Lots of celebration in the city but still some pro-Gaddafi forces around so fighting continues, although, the rebels reportedly faced little resistence in their advance into Tripoli. There are now jubilant scenes in Green Square, Gaddafi is in hiding and two of his sons (Saif Al-Islam and Mohammed) appear to have been arrested.

World leaders call on Gaddafi to step down and spare the Libyans further bloodshed.

Tripoli is still not safe and secure but hopefully Libya will be stabilised soon and hopefully there will be a reasonably smooth transition of power once the fighting stops.

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Lots of celebration in the city but still some pro-Gaddafi forces around so fighting continues, although, the rebels reportedly faced little resistence in their advance into Tripoli. There are now jubilant scenes in Green Square, Gaddafi is in hiding and two of his sons (Saif Al-Islam and Mohammed) appear to have been arrested.

World leaders call on Gaddafi to step down and spare the Libyans further bloodshed.

Tripoli is still not safe and secure but hopefully Libya will be stabilised soon and hopefully there will be a reasonably smooth transition of power once the fighting stops.

I wish them well too, Pat, but there's still a way to go. Hope the big guns butt out.

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The big guns have been involved from day one, this is Nato's oil and Nato has bombed the living daylights out of Gadaffi's forces since this conflict began.

I see Gadaffi's son has regrouped the Libyan forces and is counter attacking the rebels - I wonder how long before Nato decides it needs 10,000 'advisors' on the ground

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The rebels seem to have established quite a stronghold today and heading for Gaddafi's compound. Still fierce opposition from loyalists. Both sides claiming they have control of Tripoli. The whole thing is such a hellstate it's difficult to call.

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The rebels seem to have established quite a stronghold today and heading for Gaddafi's compound. Still fierce opposition from loyalists. Both sides claiming they have control of Tripoli. The whole thing is such a hellstate it's difficult to call.

Gok Wan flying in to advise the rebels on their uniforms; some of them have been wearing tops that clash desperately with khaki trousers

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Rebel forces are reported to have taken control of the city. Now that the rebels are in charge, what do we know about them? What will a post Gaddafi regime look like?

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Rebel forces are reported to have taken control of the city. Now that the rebels are in charge, what do we know about them? What will a post Gaddafi regime look like?

It's hard to know exactly what is happening. Earlier reports spoke of the arrest of his son Saif Al-Islam and then he appeared on television rousing opposition against the rebels.

Paul Wood has provided some interesting insight into the possibilities of what might happen in a post-Gaddafi Libya. It could be anything but straightforward and he points out that The National Transitional Council is composed of: "... a loose collection of different factions - Islamist and secular, former members of the regime and longstanding exiles - some with little more in common than their desire to get rid of Col Gaddafi."

After four decades of Gaddafi rule he suggests who might follow as a new leader with the frontrunner Mustafa Abdul Jalil. A former justice minister.

Wood argues that: "No single charismatic, political personality has emerged yet on the rebel side, the kind of figure who could force dissident elements of the rebel forces into line and heal the divisions in the country. "

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14637437

Getting rid of Gaddafi will only be the first step.

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According to the BBC, Libya's interim leadership has rejected the idea of outside help and will not be deploying any kind of international military force or any 'military observers' offered.

I expect that Gaddafi's offer to send his son Saadi to negotiate with rebels and form a transitional government will also be rejected.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned that growing humanitarian shortages in Libya demand urgent action. Britain has released £950 frozen assets, however, Russia is holding up France's attempt to unfreeze five billion euros to buy humanitarian aid and Germany's request to release 1 bn euros is similarly being blocked.

No-one seems to know exactly where Gaddafi is but its reported that some of his family have fled to Algeria.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14726292

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