Sunday night rebel forces rushed into Tripoli, taking control of the Libyan capital. Crowds of demonstrating Tripoli residents met the rebel forces and cheering filled the streets. This final advance came only after the rebel forces were able to secure the town of Zawiyah, which positioned them for the assault, and they were assisted by NATO forces. Once in the city, the rebels took over the state TV station and detained three of Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi's sons. Qadhafi himself still remains at large; Pentagon officials said that they believe him to still be in Libya. Qadhafi has said that he will fight to the death. U.N. officials called for his supporters to stop fighting and to end the violence in Libya. What Qadhaifi, who has been in power for four decades, will do next is still a mystery. [See photos of unrest in Libya.]
He may flee the country, like Libyan Prime Minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, who was spotted in Tunisia Sunday night. He may go into hiding—the United Nations said their most recent attempts to contact the dictator were unsuccessful. The revolutionaries have promised to capture Qadhafi so they can bring him to trial in international court for crimes against humanity. However, snipers fill the streets in Tripoli, meaning Qadhafi could very well meet death before surrender.
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Updated on 8/22/2011: Rebel forces are now reported to have captured a third of Muammar Qadhafi’s sons, al-Saadi Gadhafi.