Libyan rebels claim control of most of Tripoli

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
War in Libya

The whereabouts of longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi remain unknown. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 22, 2011)

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan rebels are claiming to be in control of most of the capital, Tripoli.

Euphoric residents have been celebrating in Tripoli's Green Square, the symbolic heart of the Gadhafi regime.

Revelers flashed the "V" for victory sign and motorists circled the square's central median honking their horns and waving rebel flags.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi remain unknown. Two of his sons were captured late Sunday.

The rebels' lightning advance on Tripoli heralded the fall of Gadhafi's nearly 42-year regime.

NATO promises to maintain its air campaign until all pro-Gadhafi forces surrender or return to barracks. NATO warplanes have hit at least 40 targets in and around Tripoli in the past two days -- the highest number on a single geographic location since the bombing started more than five months ago, according to the alliance.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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