Three Months of Civil War in Libya

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.

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