Rebel forces in Libya working to topple the Moammar Gadhafi regime think they can start moving on Tripoli very soon - kicking off a decisive new chapter in the war.
The key factor is the bloody battle for Zawiya - an strategically important city just west of Tripoli engulfed in urban warfare on Tuesday.
Rebels have made advances in the south and the east.
But if those fighters eventually gain control of Zawiya, that will be a major stride in putting a stranglehold on the Gadhafi-controlled seat of power.
"We will be very careful entering Tripoli, which we hope to do by the end of this month," said Col. Ahmed Banni, military spokesman for the opposition National Transitional Council.FULL STORY