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PHOTO GALLERY: Libyan rebel fighters battle to take Tripoli

Monday, August 22, 2011 | 3:36 p.m. CDT; updated 3:50 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 22, 2011
Local resident greet advancing rebel fighters on outskirts of Tripoli, Libya, on Monday. Libyan rebels claimed to be in control of most of the Libyan capital on Monday after their lightning advance on Tripoli heralded the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's nearly 42-year regime. Scattered battles erupted and the mercurial leader's whereabouts remained unknown.

Libyan rebels fighters are advancing on the country's capital, Tripoli.

A Libyan rebel fighter holds a captured pro-Gadhafi fighter, center, inside a military base in Tripoli, Libya, on Monday. World leaders said Monday the end is near for Moammar Gadhafi's regime and began planning for Libya's future without the man who has held power there for 42 years.
Libyan rebel fighters from Tripoli brigade deface a portrait of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in Tripoli, Libya, on Monday.
Libyan rebel fighters fire towards the forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi during a fierce firefight in downtown Tripoli, LIbya, on Monday.
Libyan rebel fighters seen in front of the burning car after they were attacked by the forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in downtown Tripoli, LIbya, on Monday. Libyan rebels claimed to be in control of most of the Libyan capital on Monday after their lightning advance on Tripoli heralded the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's nearly 42-year regime. Scattered battles erupted, and the mercurial leader's whereabouts remained unknown.

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