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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Libya Rebels in Tripoli as Qaddafi's Defenses Collapse

Libyan rebels have reportedly entered Tripoli and are within two miles of the city's center, as a report from Sky News says one of Muammar al-Qaddafi's sons has been captured by rebel fighters.

Reports from the country indicate rebels met little resistance Sunday as they overran a major military base that defends the capital.

Associated Press reporters with the rebels said they reached the Tripoli suburb of Janzour around nightfall Sunday. They were greeted by civilians lining the streets and waving rebel flags.

Sky News reported that Qaddafi's son, Saif al Islam Qaddafi, was captured by rebel forces. He was reportedly the head of the Libyan defense.

Hours earlier, the same rebel force of hundreds drove out elite forces led by Qaddafi's son in a brief gunbattle. The fighters hauled off truckloads of weapons and advanced full speed toward the capital.

Inside Tripoli, there was a second day of widespread clashes between what the opposition called "sleeping cells" of rebels who are rising up and Qaddafi loyalists.

BBC world service says Qaddafi is currently in Algeria. Fox News could not confirm the report.

Libyan rebels captured a major military base in their assault on Tripoli, giving them access to large stores of weapons.

NATO said in a statement that "the sooner Qaddafi realizes that he cannot win the battle against his own people, the better -- so that the Libyan people can be spared further bloodshed and suffering."

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