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Three Months of Civil War in Libya

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The civil war in Libya appears to have reached a stalemate after three months of conflict between Muammar Qaddafi's forces and rebels who seek to end his 40-year rule. Throughout that time, thousands of rebels, government forces, mercenaries, civilians, and journalists covering these events have paid with their lives. NATO forces have been involved for over two months now, carrying out hundreds of airstrikes and delivering aid and assistance to rebel forces. Just Tuesday, NATO unleashed its heaviest airstrikes yet, dropping bombs on several targets in Tripoli, including Qaddafi's compound. Rebel forces have firm control over the eastern part of Libya and recently gained control of the port city of Misrata, after street-by-street battles and a long siege by Qaddafi's military. Collected here are images from the past several weeks in war-torn Libya. [45 photos]

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Libyan men react as the main fuel depot in Misrata, Libya burns after a bombing by pro-Qaddafi forces early Saturday, May 7, 2011. Witnesses say Qaddafi forces have bombed the main fuel depot in Misrata, intensifying the regime's campaign against the rebel-held city that has been under siege for over two months. (AP Photo/ Ricardo Garcia Vilanova)
Libyan men react as the main fuel depot in Misrata, Libya burns after a bombing by pro-Qaddafi forces early Saturday, May 7, 2011. Witnesses say Qaddafi forces have bombed the main fuel depot in Misrata, intensifying the regime's campaign against the rebel-held city that has been under siege for over two months. (AP Photo/ Ricardo Garcia Vilanova)
A view of destroyed buildings along Tripoli street in central Misrata May 22,2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
The besieged city of Misrata, Libya is seen from a high building on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Government troops retreated to the outskirts of Misrata under rebel fire Saturday and the opposition claimed victory after officials in Tripoli decided to pull back forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi following nearly two months of laying siege to the western city. (AP Photo) #
Libyan rebel fighters search a building for pro-Qaddafi forces in the besieged city of Misrata, Libya, Saturday, April 23, 2011. (AP Photo) #
Libyan volunteers work to recover and bury dead bodies for health and religious reasons in Misrata, Libya, on May 4, 2011. Misrata doctors estimate that more than 1,000 people have been killed in their city in the two months of fighting between rebels and government forces. Most of the bodies the recovery team finds are soldiers from Qaddafi's regime. "When a fighter gets killed, his friends take his body away," said a team member. He added that Qaddafi's troops didn't seem to do the same. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #
Young women look at bullet casings and weapons used during the fighting between the rebels and Muammar Qaddafi forces in Misrata, Libya, Sunday, May 22, 2011. The European Union established formal diplomatic contact with the Libyan opposition on Sunday by opening an office in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Smoke rises above buildings in Tripoli, on May 24, 2011. Two sets of three large blasts strong enough to shake windows in the city center shook the Libyan capital Tripoli within 10 minutes on Tuesday night, a Reuters correspondent reported. (Reuters/Louafi Larbi) #
A man maneuvers in a narrow street in the old city of Benghazi, Libya, on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Libyans, some deep in mourning others invigorated by the spirit of the new free Libya, contemplate their past and hopes for the future in the hiatus between the Feb. 17 uprising that helped liberate Benghazi and uncertainty surrounding prolonged fighting for the rest of the country. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Libyans walk in between near empty shelves at a supermarket in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic) #
The port area of Misrata, Libya, seen across the troubled choppy seas just outside the port, from a boat rented by International Organization for Migration (IOM) carrying food, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) workers and journalists towards Misrata, Libya, Saturday, May 21, 2011. The boat landed and unloaded its cargo amidst tight security at the port. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Fleeing migrants and Libyans are seen on board an International Organization of Migration ship leaving the port in the restive city of Misrata on May 4, 2011, as Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's forces pounded the city. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) #
A migrant stands in a line after arriving at the port in Benghazi from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata, Libya, on Thursday, May 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Teenagers stand in front of a graffiti that reads in Arabic: "Big thanks to the hero Mahdi Zew" in Benghazi, Libya, on May 8, 2011. Mahdi Zew blew himself up February 19th, after crashing with his car in the front gate of Kateba, the biggest military camp of Muammar Qaddafi's forces in Benghazi. The new spirit of freedom has brought an almost tangible air of excitement to Benghazi, energizing people who see endless possibilities for a better life in the future. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A rebel soldier stands guard at a windswept check point on the outskirts of Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
U.S. reporter Clare Gillis (right) and James Foley (center) arrive at Rixos hotel after they were released by the Libyan government in Tripoli May 18, 2011 . Libya freed four foreign reporters on Wednesday who had been charged with entering the country illegally and said it was hard for its army to distinguish between journalists and people working with rebels. They were given a one-year suspended jail sentence and each fined 200 dinars. Clare Gillis recounts her detention in an article here. (Reuters/Louafi Larbi) #
This undated file photo shows photojournalist Anton Hammerl, who went missing in Libya in early April 2011. His death was later confirmed by fellow journalists who witnessed his killing in the Libyan desert at the hands of Muammar Qaddafi's forces. (AP Photo/Saturday Star - Independent Newspapers Ltd) #
Burned cars are seen next a plume of black smoke in the port of Misrata, Libya, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The port of a besieged rebel-held city in western Libya was quiet Wednesday after fierce bombardment and attack the day before by government forces. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #
Bullet casings cover a desk on a rooftop where a sniper loyal to Muammar Gaddafi took position during a fierce battle with rebels on Tripoli street in central Misrata, on May 22, 2011. Residents of the battle-scarred city of Misrata in west Libya searched for food from poorly stocked shops on Sunday and rebels stripped weapons from the carcasses of Qaddafi's armor. Distant blasts rumbled through the eerily quiet roads of Misrata, Libya's third biggest city and the scene of some of the fiercest fighting since an uprising began in mid-February. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
Rebel fighters aim their machine guns towards Muammar Qaddafi's forces in the front line, 25 km west of Misrata, Libya, on Monday, May 23, 2011. The head of Libya's opposition has arrived for talks with Turkish leaders in a sign of improving ties after Turkey urged Muammar Qaddafi to step down and withdrew its diplomats from Tripoli. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A young Libyan rebel, who was wounded by a sniper bullet, is treated by medics in a makeshift clinic at a house close to the front line in Al-Ghiran, near Misrata airport, on April 29, 2011. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) #
A rebel fighter walks in a old and abandoned Catholic Church used by Muammar Qaddafi's forces as a military camp on the east front line, 25 km from Misrata, Libya, Wednesday, May 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Women march after participating in a cultural event organized by the rebels in Tripoli Street, the former center of fighting between the rebels and Muammar Qaddafi's forces in Misrata, Libya, Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A Libyan rebel is carried away after being wounded by a mortar shell which killed two rebels after it was fired by Muammar Qaddafi's forces in Al-Ghiran near Misrata airport on May 1, 2011 as a salvo of rockets hit the besieged city. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) #
The body of a dead rebel fighter lies on the ground of an improvised morgue at the Al-Mahjoub Polyclinic in Zahiyat al-Mahjoub village, near Misrata, Libya, Friday, April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #
A dinosaur statue on the grounds of the Benghazi zoo, in Benghazi, Libya, seen on Thursday, May 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Nura Mohammed, 8, sits on the sea wall and contemplates at a beach in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Ramzy Elshahiebi, 39, uses a knife to cut explosive material while working to assemble homemade bombs in Benghazi, Libya, on May 4, 2011. Elshahiebi claims he used to fish with dynamite and so knows the assembly of bombs that serve the rebel army fighting against Muammar Qaddafi's troops. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Homemade bombs, assembled by Ramzy Elshahiebi, are seen in the living room of his house in Benghazi, Libya, on May 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A Libyan rebel wearing a pilot's glasses is pictured at the front line in Al-Ghiran, near Misrata airport, on April 29, 2011 as tanks belonging to Muammar Qaddafi's forces launched an assault on the besieged city, rebels said. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) #
Flames engulf a ship in the port of the Libyan capital Tripoli following NATO air strikes on May 19, 2011. Tripoli is targeted nearly daily with air raids by the international coalition, which launched strikes on March 19 to prevent Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi's forces from attacking civilians. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images) #
A cameraman works near destroyed Libyan warships at the sea port in Tripoli May 20, 2011, seen during a guided government tour given to journalists. NATO is bombing Libya under a U.N. mandate to protect civilians and says it strikes only military targets. The warships were damaged by NATO airstrikes, according to the Libyan government. (Reuters/Louafi Larbi) #
Street vendors wait for customers in front of graffiti depicting Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi in Benghazi, Libya, on May 10, 2011. After more than 40 years under Qaddafi, Libyans in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi have taken to mocking the Libyan dictator with colorful caricatures. Before residents in the rebel-held east ripped themselves free from Qaddafi's rule, drawing such satirical pictures of the leader in public was unthinkable, and the regime would have severely punished anyone caught doing so. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Badly injured Rebel fighter Mussa Mohammed Mussa, 31, recovers in the bed of a public hospital in Benghazi, Libya, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Mussa Mohammed was injured in Misrata May 1. during a fierce firefight against Muammar Qaddafi's troops and brought to Benghazi on a fishing boat. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Libyan rebel fighters mourn for their comrades who were killed earlier in the morning, at Misrata's hospital, on May 23, 2011. Forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi shelled neighborhoods in the west and south of Misrata on Monday, a rebel spokesman and a witness said, adding that explosions were also heard in the port area. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
Women observe an anti-Muammar Qaddafi demonstration from a burnt building in central Benghazi, Libya, on Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A Libyan medical staff member arrives at the Al-Mahjoub Polyclinic after being shot in the back in Zahiyat al-Mahjoub village, near Misrata, Libya, Friday, April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #
Rebel fighters step on a carpet with a picture of Muammar Qaddafi in the Libyan town of Kabaw in the Western Mountain region, about 230 km (140 miles) southwest of the capital Tripoli, on May 11, 2011. Fighting in the Western Mountain region, home to the Berber ethnic minority, has intensified since the rebels seized the Dehiba border crossing into Tunisia last month, opening a key artery for supplies. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
Libyan rebel fighters man a check-post at the front line during sunset in the outskirts of the Libyan city of Ajdabiya, on May 19, 2011. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Super Etendard fighter jet dumps fuel before landing after a mission over Libya on France's flagship Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, in the Gulf of Sirte, off the Libyan coast, on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The missions are aimed at enforcing the no-fly zone and suppressing any attacks by Qaddafi's forces against civilians and rebels in eastern Libya. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #
A young Libyan volunteer explains the mechanics of an RPG rocket launcher during a military training course in the rebel's stronghold of Benghazi, on May 2, 2011. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #
Civilian volunteers of the rebel army clear an obstacle course during training in Benghazi, on May 15, 2011. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) #
Rebel fighters celebrate after coming back from the front line against Muammar Qaddafi's forces, in Ajdabiya, Libya, Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A wounded Muammar Qaddafi soldier is seen in a rebel pickup after being captured by rebel fighters near the front line, 25 km west from Misrata, Libya, Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A Libyan woman prays while holding Islam's holy book after a mass Friday noon prayer at the revolution square in the eastern rebel stronghold city Benghazi, on May 20, 2011. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Libyan tobacco vendor smokes a cigarette in a kiosk painted with the red, black, and green colors of the pre-Qaddafi national flag in Benghazi, Libya, on Friday, May 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #

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