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Libya rebels control '95 percent' of Tripoli, but Qaddafi loyalists vow to fight

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(Read caption) Libyan rebel fighters in Tripoli deface a portrait of dictator Muammar Qaddafi Monday. Rebels claim to control most of the Libyan capital after their lightning advance on Tripoli heralded the fall of Qaddafi's nearly 42-year regime, but scattered battles continue and the Qaddafi's whereabouts remain unknown.

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The Libyan rebels say they have gained control of 95 percent of Tripoli, one of the last holdouts of Col. Muammar Qaddafi's regime, capping a stunning week of gains.

Two of Qaddafi's sons are in rebel custody, including the politically powerful Saif al-Islam, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war-crimes charges, Al Jazeera reports.

But Qaddafi loyalists are refusing to surrender, potentially prolonging the victory that rebels and their supporters celebrated with a deafening street party in the capital last night. (For an excellent map of the rebel advances and extent of control, click here – thanks to

"We will fight," vowed government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim, who said that there were "thousands and thousands" of fighters on their way to help the loyalists. "We have whole cities on our sides. They are coming en masse to protect Tripoli to join the fight."

Indeed, while rebels are exulting in their capture of most of the capital, they still face significant hurdles to taking full control of the country, the Wall Street Journal reports from Tripoli.


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