August 22nd, 2011
09:57 AM ET

Gadhafi regime 'crumbling' as rebels battle for Tripoli

Six months after a ragtag group of poorly trained rebels set out to topple the Libyan regime, the fighters appeared Monday to be on the brink of ending Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule.

With three of the Libyan leader's sons in their custody, rebel forces were battling Gadhafi forces on his home turf, Tripoli.

"A great majority of the capital of Tripoli is under freedom fighters' control," said Guma El-Gamaty, the Britain-based coordinator for the rebels' National Transitional Council.

"The real moment of victory is when Gadhafi is captured," NTC chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil said a news conference in Benghazi, long a rebel stronghold in the conflict.

But Gadhafi's whereabouts were unknown.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Wonderful news!
    Keep going.

    August 22, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    If you can't find Gadhafi, don't forget to look into his tent.

    August 22, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hello folks, I'm the true Joey here and I'm sickened to death over the field day that the right-wing thugs in both Washington and London are having over what's going on in Libya. Woe to the Libyan people. By the way, don't pay any attention to the two trolls above who usurped my name for their personal amusement. They're nothing but mindless Tea Partiers themselves!!!

    August 22, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ 10:35 JIF FAKER:
    You're famous already.
    Your writing "style" is as recognizable as those of Hemingway and Henry James.
    You have phony written all over your keyboard.

    August 22, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Frashini

    Sorry,folks!!! I've had a change of hart and come to know the Lord Jesus Chris as my personal saviour.
    I know I was wrong to posture as Joey,so I apolagize to him and all of you and I'm going to stop now.
    From now on I'm goin to write like Maya Angelou.
    A bird, a toad, a frog, a prince,
    A pond, a castle, and Thou, oh joys...

    August 22, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      I very strongly suggest that you Tea Partying trolls first learn how to spell before trolling me here, the Lord Jesus Christ, not Jesus Chris and "apologize", not "apolagize" as you stated above. But then again, you right-wing Tea Partiers don't seem to be quite as bright as you think you are! Otherwise, you would support all these useless wars that we're in!!!

      August 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joel Rubenstien

    I sure think we should leave other countries alone. Everyone says im an isolationist but so what. We need to fix our own problems and leave other countries alone.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • One on One

      I feel exactly the same way you do, Joel. You're 100% correct and don't let these ignoramuses try to tell you otherwise!!!

      August 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. One on One

    Geez Joey, Your trolls have a real HARD-ON for ya

    August 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • One on One

      As I'm no Tea Partier myself, anyone with half a brain would know that I never posted thw above since I never use that lingo in any of my posts!

      August 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • One on One

      Sorry for the missprint above. I meant "the", not "thw".

      August 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sorin

    This message was posted in leftie Globe & Mail (Canada) at 3:38 PM Aug 21 and erased. In the meantime a tornado hit Goderich, a place where I liked to go. What should happen to this G&M censors? On Aug 19, in Zawiya there were mass demonstrations pro Ghaddafi.
    Watch my clips on youtube – user firstconservative
    There is a lot of misinformation in North America main media (left or so called right). About God and “God is great”- give me a break! Rebels are using God, as so called Canadian conservatives used God to win elections. The non believers greens -sic- (aks Zandoli here) are supporting the Ghadaffi believers. Nowdays is hard to find an independent journalist to tell the truth. In Canada, we need Who is who in the media.

    lizzy phelan- misinformation about Tripoli, Aug 20, 2011

    “This makeshift and fluctuating army, which announces a victory every other day, has in fact been collecting defeat after defeat. Every battle recreates the same scenario, with each NATO bombardment forcing the population to flee their homes. Thus, the town is quickly run over by rebel forces who announce they have gained ground. Only then does the battle begin. The Libyan army enters the town and massacres the rebels. At that point, the population safely returns to the partially destroyed village…..[…].”

    August 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ MY TROLLS:
    No matter what you write under my name, I will continue to post anything that I find appropriate and sign it as above or as "JIF."

    August 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Rogers

    Posting in all caps is a sign that the poster has a very small dick. Or is a dick. Your choice.

    August 23, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |