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Libyan Rebels Storm Qaddafi Compound

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Earlier today, rebel Libyan forces stormed into Bab al-Aziziya, the fortified compound of Muammar Qaddafi in Tripoli, Libya. Qaddafi loyalists put up a fierce firefight for a time, but rebels were able to take control of the compound by this afternoon. Qaddafi himself and his sons (who apparently have escaped captivity) remain at large, and gunfire and explosions continued to erupt sporadically across the capital city as night fell. Collected below are some of the scenes from the fall of Qaddafi's compound today. Also see earlier entries: DIY Weapons of the Libyan Rebels, and Qaddafi Losing Grip on Libya. [32 photos]

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Rebel fighters stomp on the head of a statue of Muammar Qaddafi inside the main compound in Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Libyan rebels stormed Muammar Qaddafi's main military compound in Tripoli Tuesday after fierce fighting with forces loyal to his regime that rocked the capital as the longtime leader refused to surrender despite the stunning advances by opposition forces. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
Rebel fighters stomp on the head of a statue of Muammar Qaddafi inside the main compound in Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Libyan rebels stormed Muammar Qaddafi's main military compound in Tripoli Tuesday after fierce fighting with forces loyal to his regime that rocked the capital as the longtime leader refused to surrender despite the stunning advances by opposition forces. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
Rebel fighters observe the fighting near the main Muammar Qaddafi compound in Bab Al-Aziziya district in Tripoli, Libya, on August 23, 2011, where some of the heaviest fighting took place. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Rebel fighters speak to a suspected pro-Qaddafi soldier after he was captured in Tripoli, Libya, on August 23, 2011. Rebels say they control most of Tripoli, but they faced pockets of fierce resistance from regime loyalists firing mortars and anti-aircraft guns. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Rebel fighters react as they advance to the frontline during fighting in Tripoli, Libya, on August 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
A Libyan rebel fighter fires from the back of his vehicle towards Bab al Aziziya compound in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
An explosion is seen near Muammar Qaddafi's main compound in the Bab al-Aziziya district in Tripoli, Libya, on August 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Libyan rebel fighter jumps from a tank outside the Bab al Aziziya compound in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
A rebel fighter stands on the monument inside the main compound of Muammar Qaddafi in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, on August 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
A rebel fighter breaks glass inside the main compound of Muammar Qaddafi in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, on August 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Rebel fighters gesture as they stamp on a part of a statue of Muammar Qaddafi inside the main compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, on August 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Libyans deface the portrait of Muammar Qaddafi inside a hotel in Tripoli, Libya, on August 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Smoke rises above downtown Tripoli following fighting at Bab Al-Aziziya compound, on August 23, 2011. (Reuters/Louafi Larbi) #
The body of a dead pro-Qaddafi fighter seen inside a burning tent in Muammar Qaddafi's main compound in Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
People celebrate the attack on Muammar Qaddafi's main military compound in Tripoli, in the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) #
Libyan rebel fighters carry an injured comrade near the gate of Bab al Aziziya compound in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
Two men receive medical treatment after they were injured during fighting at Bab al Aziyah in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. Rebel supporters have set up a field hospital in a vacant private house to treat wounded from the battle for Tripoli. (Reuters/Louafi Larbi) #
Rebel cars seen inside the main compound of Muammar Qaddafi in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Rebel fighters gesture inside the main compound of Muammar Qaddafi in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Rebel fighters carry away items from the main compound of Muammar Qaddafi in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, on August 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
Libyan rebel fighters inside Muammar Qaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #
A Libyan rebel fighter smiles as he looks at bullets collected from Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
Libyan rebel fighters pray at the entrance of Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
Smoke billows in the background as Libyan rebels overrun Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's fortified Bab al-Azizya headquarters in the capital Tripoli after heavy fighting on August 23, 2011. Arabic writing on Libya's old flag, which has been adopted by the rebels, reads: "Free Libya... Al-Ruheibat Rebels." (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images) #
Libyan rebel fighters take cover from bullets fired by Qaddafi's forces outside Bab al Aziziya compound in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
Libyan rebels walk toward the Bab al-Azizya, the overrun compound of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, in the capital of Tripoli, after heavy fighting on August 23, 2011. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images) #
Girls holds up the rebel adopted old Libyan flag while celebrating in the eastern city of Benghazi, as rebels overran Muammar Qaddafi's fortified Bab al-Azizya headquarters in the capital Tripoli. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Libyan rebel shoots in the air at a checkpoint in the Bab El Bahrah district in Tripoli, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. Hundreds of Libyan rebels blasted through the green gates of Muammar Qaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli Tuesday after five hours of intense fighting around it. They beat and killed some of those who defended it, fired celebratory shots in the air and hauled off crates of weapons and trucks with guns mounted on the back. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) #
A girl flashes the V-sign for victory as she rides in a car in the newly named Martyr's Square, formerly known as Green Square, after rebel forces overran Muammar Qaddafi's fortified Bab al-Azizya headquarters in the capital Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images) #
Rebel fighters and civilians celebrate in Martyr's Square, formerly known as Green Square, after rebel forces overran Muammar Qaddafi's Bab al-Azizya headquarters in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images) #
A television reporter speaks during a recording in the corridor at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (Reuters/Paul Hackett) #
A Libyan rebel flashes the V-sign in the smoldering ruins of Muammar Qaddafi's Bab al-Azizya headquarters in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images) #
Salem Hasam Ali, 62, a shop owner, cries while singing the pre-Qaddafi Libyan national anthem at the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, late Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Hundreds of Libyan rebels stormed Muammar Qaddafi's compound Tuesday, charging wildly through the symbolic heart of the crumbling regime as they killed loyalist troops, looted armories and knocked the head off a statue of the besieged dictator. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) #

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