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Photos: Libyan rebels storm Gaddafi compound, fighting not over
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The rebel breach of Muammar Gaddafi's compound, in the heart of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, heralded what many believed the end of his 42-year rule.

In scenes reminiscent of the defilement of Saddam Hussein statue by Iraqis — aided by American forces — Libyan rebels rushed to destroy statues of Gaddafi and of the famous fist crushing a U.S. fighter plane. Inside Gaddafi's compound, rebels looted weapons, ammo, and spoils of their victory. A number of men were seen carrying gold-plated AK-47s from the premises.  

While it seems that the Gaddafi regime has all but collapsed, fighting continues and the whereabouts of Gaddafi and his sons are still unknown.

Now that the battle is almost won, the most important question is being raised.  What does the future hold for Libya?   

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Libyan rebels celebrate at Bab Al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli August 23, 2011. Joyful Libyan rebels overran Muammar Gaddafi's Tripoli bastion on Tuesday, seizing weapons and loot and destroying symbols of a 42-year dictatorship.

(Louafi Larbi - Reuters)
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Libyans celebrating in the eastern city of Benghazi, as rebels overran Muammar Gaddafi's fortified compound in the capital Tripoli after heavy fighting on August 23, 2011.

(Gianluigi Guercia - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Libyan rebel poses with a hat belonging to Muammar Gaddafi at Bab Al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli August 23, 2011.

(Louafi Larbi - Reuters)
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Rebel fighters ride an golf buggy taken from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's fortified Bab al-Azizya compound.

(Filippo Monteforte - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Libyan rebel holds weapons at Bab Al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli August 23, 2011.

(Louafi Larbi - Reuters)
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Libyan rebels take souvenir pictures inside the tent where Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi used to receive foreign dignitaries at the Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli on August 24, 2011.

(Patrick Baz - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Libyan woman holds up the rebel adopted pre-1969 national flag during celebrations on August 23, 2011.

(Filippo Monteforte - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Libyan rebel walks past a damaged metal fence as they overrun Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's compound.

(Filippo Monteforte - AFP/Getty Images)
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Smoke billows from the Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli as Libyan rebels battle loyalists on August 24, 2011.

(Patrick Baz - AFP/Getty Images)
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Rebels flash the V-sign for victory during celebrations in the newly named Martyr's Square, formerly known as Green Square on August 23, 2011.

(Filippo Monteforte - AFP/Getty Images)
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A dead fighter is covered with a blanket as he lies on a street in Tripoli, on August 22, 2011.

(Filippo Monteforte - AFP/Getty Images)
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Libyans celebrate on August 24, 2011, in the eastern city of Benghazi.

(Gianluigi Guercia - AFP/Getty Images)
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Smoke billows in the background as Libyan rebels overrun Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's fortified compound.

(Filippo Monteforte - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Libyan rebel flashes the V-sign after taking over Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's fortified compound in Tripoli.

(Filippo Monteforte - AFP/Getty Images)
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Rebel fighters fire in the air as they celebrate in the newly named Martyr's Square, formerly known as Green Square on August 23, 2011.

(Filippo Monteforte - AFP/Getty Images)
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Libyan rebel fighters hug each other as they celebrate in the newly named Martyr's Square, formerly known as Green Square, in the capital Tripoli on August 24, 2011.

(Mahmud Turkia - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Libyan rebel stands with his weapon at the Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli on August 24, 2011.

(Patrick Baz - AFP/Getty Images)
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Rebel fighters walk into Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli on August 24, 2011.

(Patrick Baz - AFP/Getty Images)
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A rebel fighter loads a gun in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011.

(Filippo Monteforte - AFP/Getty Images)
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Foreign journalists in protective gear are seen climbing the stairs at the Rixos hotel where they were confined, as rebel forces overran Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's fortified Bab al-Azizya headquarters in the capital Tripoli following heavy fighting on August 23, 2011.

(Imed Lamloum - AFP/Getty Images)
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Libyan rebels patrol an area in Tripoli as a dead body floats in the sea on August 24, 2011.

(Patrick Baz - AFP/Getty Images)
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