Friday, August 26, 2011

After the Taking of Tripoli - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic

Originally posted on Democracy In Distress:

After the Taking of Tripoli - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic: "Tripoli is a quieter city today than it was earlier this week, as rebel forces assumed control, announcing they would be transferring their leadership there from Benghazi. The U.N. has freed up millions of dollars in aid money and dozens of countries have now recognized Libya's National Transitional Council as the new legitimate governing body in Libya. However, International agencies are urging both sides to make efforts to halt widespread abuses and avoid revenge attacks. Parts of Tripoli were littered with bodies yesterday as rebel forces fought the last pockets of resistance by Muammar Qaddafi's loyalists. Fighting continues in other parts of Libya, in Qaddafi's hometown of Sirte and near the border of Tunisia, and Qaddafi once again urged his followers to fight the rebels, saying "The enemy is delusional, NATO is retreating". Collected below are scenes of a battered Tripoli from the past several days - a warning, some are rather brutal. [36 photos]"

Libyan rebels remove the green flags from poles at the Abu Salim square in Tripoli on August 26, 2011, as the opposition forces announced the transfer of their leadership to the capital, boosted by a UN decision to free up millions of dollars in aid money and despite not having captured strongman Muammar Qaddafi. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images) # 

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