Rebels Give Gaddafi Loyalists Ultimatum

    Libyan rebel fighters tear a green Libyan flag in the rebel headquarters at the former female military base in Tripoli, Libya, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. Libyan rebels claimed to be in control of most of the Libyan capital on Monday after their lightning advance on Tripoli heralded the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's nearly 42-year regime, but scattered battles erupted and the mercurial leader's whereabouts remained unknown. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

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    Fighting continued Tuesday throughout Libya, as rebel leaders from the National Transitional Council could not yet travel to the capital due to personal-safety concerns, and some indicated a power vacuum could be created. Rebels have pledged to attack the embattled leader’s hometown of Sirte after Saturday if loyalists do not surrender. The lack of presence in the capital has highlighted the rebels’ growing rivalries as various factions have taken credit for liberating Tripoli from dictator Muammar Gaddafi. While the early fighting in Libya was in the eastern portion of the country—where the rebels set up their power base in Benghazi—the final assault on Tripoli was led by rebel groups in the west and finished by seasoned fighters from Misrata. 

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