42 Year Reign of Terror Ends in Libya as Rebels Pour into...

42 Year Reign of Terror Ends in Libya as Rebels Pour into Tripoli Without Opposition

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libyan-celebrations-rebels-aljazeeravideoThe Libyan people are one step closer to their dream of a better future, freed last night from a tyrant leader, Muammar Gaddafi, whose brutal policies ruled the country for 42 years.

Sunday evening, euphoric Libyan rebels flowed into the capital Tripoli without opposition, gathering to celebrate in the city’s square.

Gaddafi’s two sons were captured, and are being handed over to authorities, wanted for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.

[UPDATE: (Aug. 23) Rebels stormed the Gaddafi compound, seizing control of the expansive group of buildings, after hours of fighting, but Gaddafi’s 2 sons are still at large along with their father.]

This morning, the last remnant of the Gaddafi forces are fighting rebels from the ruler’s compound nearby. The ruler’s whereabouts are unknown.

NATO diplomats, including US State Department officials, have been working with the rebels’ National Transitional Council on their plans for a civil society based on democracy. Libyan assets, important to the rebuilding effort, have been unfrozen by France and Britain.

North African people around the world are hoisting the new Libyan flag, jubilant that their dream is finally being realized in Tripoli.

(WATCH the video below, or READ the story at AlJazeera)

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