Triumph in Tripoli

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Smoke billows from a neighborhood in Tripoli on Aug. 22.

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Libyans flash victory signs in Tripoli on Aug. 22.

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A rebel takes position on a main coastal road in Tripoli on Aug. 22.

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Smoke billows from a burning car as Libyan rebels take position at the women's military academy in Tripoli on Aug. 22.

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Libyan rebels flash victory signs as they patrol a street in Tripoli on Aug. 22.

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Libyan rebels get into a vehicle in Tripoli on Aug. 22.

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Libyan rebels prepare to break their fast with the Iftar meal in the capital Tripoli on Aug. 22.

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A Libyan rebel gestures as he patrols a street in Tripoli on Aug. 22.

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Transitional National Council chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil gives a press conference on Aug. 22 in Benghazi, marking the end of four decades of rule by Qaddafi. "The real moment of victory is when Gadhafi is captured," Abdel-Jalil said, noting that he hoped Qaddafi would face trial at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

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Rebel fighters walk along a residential street in Tripoli on Aug. 22, as heavy fighting raged near Qaddafi's compound.

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Women, children, and rebel fighters gather on a street in Tripoli on Aug. 22.

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Rebel fighters on the streets of Tripoli on Aug. 22.

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Around the world, Libyans celebrated the rebel siege of Tripoli. In Washington, DC, around 100 Libyans celebrated in front of the White House, singing "USA, USA, Qaddafi has gone today," "Libya is free," and "Merci Sarkozy, Merci Sarkozy, thank you Obama, thank you Obama."

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Demonstrators wave flags of the old kingdom of Libya, adopted by the Transitional National Council, during a protest against Qaddafi outside the Libyan embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on Aug. 22.

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Demonstrators in Ankara set fire to a portrait of Qaddafi and copies of his Green Book ion Aug. 22.

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Rebels in Tajura, a Tripoli suburb, celebrate the surge into Tripoli in the early morning of Aug. 22.

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A Libyan rebel raises his rifle in triumph as tens of thousands of Libyans celebrate the uprisings in Tripoli against Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi on Aug. 21, 2011, in Freedom Square in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. 

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Tens of thousands of Libyans celebrate the arrest of Qaddafi's son and heir apparent, Saif al-Islam, and the partial fall of Tripoli on Aug. 21 in Benghazi.

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A rebel sprays graffiti depicting Qaddafi on a wall in Gadayem, west of Tripoli, on Aug. 21.

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A Libyan man in Benghazi raises his arms to fire off a flair on top of a building in Freedom Square as tens of thousands of Libyans celebrate the arrest of Qaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, and the partial fall of Tripoli to Libyan rebels on Aug. 21.

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A Libyan rebel celebrates inside a captured military base, "Kilometer 27," just west of the center of Tripoli, on Aug. 21, as the rebels said victory was imminent and urged NATO to join the final battle with Apache assault helicopters.

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Libyan men celebrate the arrest of Qaddafi's son Saif al-Islam on Aug. 21, in Benghazi.

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Libyans took to the streets to celebrate news of the partial fall of Tripoli on Aug. 21, in Benghazi.

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Libyans celebrate as they listen to the news of Saif's arrest on Aug. 21, in Benghazi.

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Rebel security forces fire their rifles in the air to celebrate the partial fall of Tripoli on Aug. 21 in Benghazi.

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More celebrating in Benghazi on Aug. 21.

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A Libyan rebel fires his AK-47 assault rifle in the air on Aug. 21, in Benghazi.

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Even children joined the celebrations in Benghazi on Aug. 21.

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