Fighting in Tripoli

From Yahoo News. This might be good news.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Clashes broke out early Monday near Moammar Gadhafi‘s compound in Tripoli, a day after rebels poured into the Libyan capital in a stunning advance that met little resistance from the regime’s defenders.

Toast

The startling rebel breakthrough, after a long deadlock in Libya’s 6-month-old civil war, was the culmination of a closely coordinated plan by rebels, NATO and anti-Gadhafi residents inside Tripoli, rebel leaders said. Rebel fighters from the west swept over 20 miles (30 kilometers) in a matter of hours Sunday, taking town after town and overwhelming a major military base as residents poured out to cheer them. At the same time, Tripoli residents secretly armed by rebels rose up.

By the early hours of Monday, opposition fighters controlled most of the capital. The seizure of Green Square held profound symbolic value — the plaza was the scene of pro-Gadhafi rallies organized by the regime almost every night, and Gadhafi delivered speeches to his loyalists from the historic Red Fort that overlooks the square. Rebels and Tripoli residents set up checkpoints around the city, though pockets of pro-Gadhafi fighters remained. In one area, AP reporters with the rebels were stopped and told to take a different route because of regime snipers nearby.

It would seem the the rebels have already captured Gadhafi’s son and heir and they are on their way to capturing the whole city. I can’t imagine the Gadhafi regime surviving after this defeat, though I imagine he will go down fighting.

I said that this might be good news. The world will surely be a better place without Gadhafi in it but I don’t think anyone really knows very much about the rebels. Will they be able to form a government? Are they Islamist fanatics? Will the new government support terrorists? Nobody knows.

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