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After the Taking of Tripoli

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Tripoli is a quieter city today than it was earlier this week, as rebel forces assumed control, announcing they would be transferring their leadership there from Benghazi. The U.N. has freed up millions of dollars in aid money and dozens of countries have now recognized Libya's National Transitional Council as the new legitimate governing body in Libya. However, International agencies are urging both sides to make efforts to halt widespread abuses and avoid revenge attacks. Parts of Tripoli were littered with bodies yesterday as rebel forces fought the last pockets of resistance by Muammar Qaddafi's loyalists. Fighting continues in other parts of Libya, in Qaddafi's hometown of Sirte and near the border of Tunisia, and Qaddafi once again urged his followers to fight the rebels, saying "The enemy is delusional, NATO is retreating". Collected below are scenes of a battered Tripoli from the past several days - a warning, some are rather brutal. [36 photos]

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A rebel fighter walks inside the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, on August 26, 2011, after rebel forces took control and many prisoners were apparently freed. Abu Salim is one Libya's most notorious prisons and the scene of a 1996 massacre of prisoners. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
A rebel fighter walks inside the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, on August 26, 2011, after rebel forces took control and many prisoners were apparently freed. Abu Salim is one Libya's most notorious prisons and the scene of a 1996 massacre of prisoners. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
Rebel fighters and civilians inside the house of Aisha Qaddafi the daughter of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, in Tripoli, Libya, on August 24, 2011. A DVD case on the counter appears to be for the 2008 movie "The Reader". (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Libyan rebels stand next to the entrance of a tunnel at the Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli on August 25, 2011. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images) #
A rebel fighter enters a bunker of the main Muammar Qaddafi compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, on August 25, 2011. Libya's rebel leadership has offered a 2 million dollar bounty on Qaddafi's head, but the autocrat has refused to surrender as his 42-year regime crumbles, fleeing to an unknown destination. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
A rebel fighter crouches down during an intense gun battle outside the Corinthia hotel where many foreign journalists are staying in Tripoli, Libya, on August 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
A damaged electric golf cart is jammed against the wall of a tunnel in the bunker of the main Moammar Gadhafi compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, on August 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Dead bodies lie in the foreground beneath a mural of Muammar Qaddafi in the neighborhood of Abu Salim, Tripoli, on August 25, 2011. One thousand rebels bombarded buildings filled with regime fighters hiding amid civilians in a ferocious battle Thursday for Muammar Qaddafi's last major stronghold in the capital Tripoli. (AP Photo/Giulio Petrocco) #
Dead bodies are strewn about a hospital tent outside the south gate of Bab al-Aziziya compound as rebels try to flush out Muammar Qaddafi forces from the compound in Tripoli, on August 25, 2011. (Reuters/Youssef Boudlal) #
A hole caused by the NATO bombings, is seen in the main Muammar Qaddafi compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, on August 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
A rebel fighter inspects a room in the bunker of the main Qaddafi compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, on August 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
A rebel fighter poses for a photo as he sits on a two seater couch framed by a golden mermaid with the face of Aisha Qaddafi, the daughter of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, in her house in Tripoli, on August 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Rebel fighters and civilians walk near the swimming pool inside the house of Aisha Qaddafi in Tripoli, on August 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
A rebel fighter seen at the parking lot near the house of Al-Saadi Gadhafi the son of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi in Tripoli, on August 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Rebel fighters look through an album they found containing photos of Condoleezza Rice, inside Muammar Qaddafi's compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, on August 24, 2011. Over the years, the Libyan leader's comments and actions related to the former secretary of state have raised a few eyebrows. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
The body of a suspected mercenary lies near the rubble of a fire station during a fight for the rebel's final push to flush out Qaddafi's forces in Abu Salim district in Tripoli, on August 25, 2011. (Reuters/Anis Mili) #
Libyan rebel fighters detain mercenaries during a fight for the final push to flush out Qaddafi's forces in Abu Salim district of Tripoli, on August 25, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
Libyan rebels remove the green flags from poles at the Abu Salim square in Tripoli on August 26, 2011, as the opposition forces announced the transfer of their leadership to the capital, boosted by a UN decision to free up millions of dollars in aid money and despite not having captured strongman Muammar Qaddafi. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images) #
Libyan rebels loot from the Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli on August 25, 2011. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Libyan rebel walks by dead bodies in Abu Salim district in Tripoli, Libya, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. At least two of the bodies have their hands bound. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) #
A Libyan Rebel fighter is lifted by medical staff for a cat-scan to ascertain damage to his brain, after receiving a headshot from a pro-Qaddafi loyalist sniper, at the Tripoli Central Hospital, on August 25, 2011. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images) #
Rebel fighters search a captured loyalist soldier during fighting in the Abu Salim district in Tripoli, Libya, on August 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Libyan rebel fighters stand guard over detainees during a fight for the final push to flush out Muammar Qaddafi's forces in the Abu Salim district of Tripoli, on August 25, 2011. (Reuters/Anis Mili) #
A still image from a video taken on August 24, 2011 and uploaded to a social media website on August 25, 2011, purports to show Libyan rebels freeing prisoners from Abu Salim prison in Tripoli. Nouri Echtiwi, a rebel spokesman in Tripoli, said rebels had released several hundred detainees from a prison in Abu Salim. (Reuters/Social Media Website via Reuters TV) #
Drawings on the wall of a cell inside the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, on August 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Jomana Karadsheh (L), a producer for CNN and Matthew Chance, Senior International Correspondent for CNN are safely evacuated from the Rixos hotel in Tripoli by the International Red Cross on August 24, 2011. (Reuters/Paul Hackett) #
Rebel fighters escort a captured loyalist soldier during fighting in the Abu Salim district in Tripoli, Libya, on August 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
A Libyan worker loads smoke-damaged mannequins from a burnt out clothes shop into a truck after the intense battle in Abu Salim district, in Tripoli, Libya, on August 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) #
Rebel fighters shoot during street fighting in the Abu Salim district in Tripoli, Libya, on August 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
A rebel fighter slaps a wounded man accused of being a mercenary fighting for Muammar Qaddafi outside a fire station in Tripoli, on August 26, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
A Libyan girl walks past dead bodies piled up in the grounds of the general hospital the restive Abu Salim neighborhood of Tripoli, on August 26, 2011, as she rushes to be evacuated by an International Committee of the Red Cross ambulance. The putrefying bodies of around 80 people were found in the hospital, apparently the unlucky victims of fighting that prevented the wounded from being treated, an AFP correspondent reported. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images) #
Rebel fighters on the frontline as they attack southern Tripoli's Abu Salim district, a hide-out of snipers loyal to Libya's embattled leader Muammar Qaddafi on August 25, 2011. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images) #
Rebels carry a man accused of being a mercenary fighting for Muammar Qaddafi, inside a fire station littered with corpses amid rubble in Tripoli, on August 26, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
Libyan rebel fighters protect a pro-Qaddafi loyalist fighter from angry onlookers as he is brought in for medical attention to the Tripoli Central Hospital on August 25, 2011 in Tripoli, Libya. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images) #
The hand of a dead Libyan soldier, at the Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, on August 25, 2011. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images) #
Libyan rebels seize boxes of ammunition hidden underground by Qaddafi's forces in the al-Maser forest in southern Tripoli on August 25, 2011. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images) #
A photo of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi lies torn and dirty on the ground of the ransacked Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, on August 26, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #

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