Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Libya: battle for Tripoli turns bloody as Gaddafi holds out to the end

Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces are staging a desperate and bloody stand in the Libyan capital Tripoli as the despot carries out his threat to fight to the bitter end.

Having gained control of much of the capital's streets following their lightning-quick advance over the weekend, rebel fighters were drawn into a dramatic siege at the heavily-fortified Bab al-Azizia compound as well as skirmishes in a number of districts.

Gaddafi, who has not appeared in public for three months, is widely believed to be holed up in Libya, and directing his remaining soldiers and tanks to fire at will on his opponents.

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