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Tripoli has been liberated!
ICC prosecutor's spokeswomen says has confirmation Qaddafi has been detained.
Celebrations across most Libyan cities now.
Freedom Fighters are in control of all parts Tripoli except Bab Al-Azizyah
Two South African planes are reported to be on tarmac in Tripoli Airport.
AU says Angola or Zimbabwe may be offering Mummar Qaddafi a place to go.

TNC: Saif Qaddafi and Mohammed Qaddafi captured. People Celebrating across Libya! 3:03 pst

Snipers reported in central #Tripoli near Bab al Aziziya #Libya 5:16 pst

N_Benghazi ن
Neighborhoods near Bab AlAziziyah are facing serious shelling and gunfire right now, residents are out defending. #Tripoli #Libya 5:16pst

BREAKING CONFIRMED:- the #Libyana mobile phone network compound in ALSHAT BOULEVARD is totally under FF control #Libya #Tripoli #MermadDawn
4:55pst Favorite Retweet Reply

Libya 7orra
by N_Benghazi
BREAKING CONFIRMED #SoogJumaa:- 3 truckloads of dead subsaharan african mercenaries in SoogJumaa overnight  4:52 pst

EndTyranny101 Ahmed Sanalla
#Gaddafi forces are attacking #Bin #Nabi mosque in #Alsaream street...Gaddafi now shelling mosques!! #Tripoli #Libya 4:52

Opposition forces have taken Al-Mayah, a town 20miles from Tripoli.

This is a live interview with Zeina from the frontline.

August 21, 4:30 pst Ibriham Moussa, Qaddafi's PR guy, just complete a press conference. They're done. Talking about everything in past tence, blaming NATO, saying thousands will defend Tripoli.  I doubt Qaddafi is still on Tripoli.

Meanwhile at this hour three neighborhood are reported to be in complete control of the freedom fighters.

Tripoli: 31 soldiers killed pro-Gaddafi
Published with Reuters le 21/08/2011

The fighting that took place last night in Tripoli have been 31 deaths among the soldiers loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, reports the TV station al-Jazeera. The chain added that 42 other soldiers were captured by the rebels in Libya.

Weapons fired and explosions echoed through the streets of the city since last night while the insurgents say they are ready to launch the final assault against the Libyan leader to power for 41 years.

eyewitness for the bombarding of #Tripoli with missiles by #Gaddafi (sorry in Arabic)

Gaddafi Condemns Rebels As Tripoli Faces Siege
Posted in August 2011, News | 07:04

(TRIPOLI, Libya) — Libyan rebels said they launched their first attack on Tripoli in coordination with NATO late Saturday, and Associated Press reporters heard unusually heavy gunfire and explosions in the capital. The fighting erupted just hours after opposition fighters captured the key city of Zawiyah nearby.

Gunbattles and mortar rounds were heard clearly at the hotel where foreign correspondents stay in Tripoli. NATO aircraft made heavy bombing runs after nightfall, with loud explosions booming across the city. “We planned this operation with NATO, our Arab associates and our rebel fighters in Tripoli with commanders in Benghazi,” Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, the head of the rebel leadership council, told the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera. Benghazi, hundreds of miles east of Tripoli, is the rebels’ de facto capital.(See pictures of the battle for Libya.)

@AnonymousSyria tweeted 11:06 pst
A must-see, Libyan anchor holding a gun threatening anyone who might think of taking control of state TV  #Libya #Feb17  Videos Posted by Tripoli Our Capital

Bashir Sewehli, a Libyan activist, tells us Souq al-Jomaa neighbourhood in #Tripoli is controlled by the opposition #Libya  10:14 pst

Guma El-Gamaty
FF from 3 axis outside tripoli will reach outskirts of the capital soon and trigger a massive deserting by many who r now on Gadhafi side!!
9:40pst via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Abdul Helal
According 2 #gergaresh resident abt 90% of #Gaddafi F hve been cleared over night frm #gergarish #Tripoli east #Jansour using gelatina bombs
9:36pst via Twitter for iPhone

Shortly after nightfall in Tripoli Saturday night the Libyan liberation army encircling Tripoli combined with an uprising by freedom fighters and protesters inside of the city and NATO air support in Operation Mermaid Dawn, the final battle to liberate Tripoli and with it, the entire country of Libya from Qaddafi's 42 year dictatorship.

Many people are dying tonight as Qaddafi forces are shelling parts of Tripoli at the same time DSL is coming back on in other sections. Both Mummar and Saif Qaddafi have been on Libyan State TV tonight trying to whole back the tide.

Watch this diary over the next 48 hours for frequent updates on this fast moving story.

These DailyKos diaries are also covering these events:
Witnessing Revolution #227: Battle of Tripoli or #MermaidDawn
Witnessing Revolution Diary #228: Battle of Tripoli continues
Witnessing Revolution Live Blog #229 - Libya
Breaking: The Battle For Tripoli Has Begun. W/ Updates. "All Hell Has Broken Out in Tripoli."

I will add stuff here only if it has net been covered in these other excellent blogs.
and if you want to understand what is so revolting about Qaddafi see yesterday's dairy:
Helter Skelter: Qaddafi's African Adventure

At this hour 21 Aug 2011 00:42, Al Jazeera English is running this:

Libyan capital rocked by blasts and gunfire

Sustained automatic gun fire and a series of explosions have rung out in Tripoli, reports in the Libyan capital said.

Blasts and gunfire rocked Tripoli after the break of the dawn-to-dusk fast of Ramadan on Saturday and witnesses reported fighting in the eastern neighbourhoods of Souq al-Jomaa, Arada and Tajoura.

A government spokesman had earlier said an attack on Tripoli by rebels seeking to depose Muammar Gaddafi had been "dealt with".
Explosions also sounded in the same area as NATO aircraft carried out heavy bombing runs after nightfall.A senior official in the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) said on Sunday that Tripoli operation was coordinated between opponents of Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli and the rebels.    

"The zero hour has started. The rebels in Tripoli have risen up," said Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice-chairman of the NTC, based in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

"There is coordination with the rebels in Tripoli. This was a pre-set plan. They've been preparing for a while. There's coordination with the rebels approaching from the east, west and south." Ghoga said NATO warplanes were launching raids to distract Gaddafi's forces.

"The next hours are crucial. Many of their (pro-Gaddafi) brigades and their commanders have fled." He added.

Operation Mermaid’

Colonel Fadlallah Haroun, a military commander in Benghazi, said the battles marked the beginning of Operation Mermaid - a nickname for Tripoli.

He also said the assault was coordinated with NATO. Haroun told AP news agency that weapons were assembled and sent by tugboats to Tripoli on Friday night.

"The fighters in Tripoli are rising up in two places at the moment - some are in the Tajoura neighbourhood and the other is near the Matiga (international) airport," he told Al-Jazeera.

Tajoura has been known since the beginning of the uprising in February as the Tripoli neighborhood most strongly opposed to Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

The head of the rebel's leadership council said they chose to start the assault on Tripoli on the 20th day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which fell on Saturday.

The date marks the ancient Islamic Battle of Badr, when Muslims conquered the holy city of Mecca in A.D. 624.

A representative for Tripoli on the rebel leadership council told the AP that rebels were surrounding almost every neighbourhood in the capital, and there was especially heavy fighting in Fashloum, Tajoura and Souq al-Jomaa.

In Benghazi, thousands of Libyans celebrated in the main city square, shooting fireworks and guns into the air, and waving the rebel tricolor flag.

For more background on the Libyan Revolution and links to lots of information see my other writings at the DailyKos and WikiLeaks Central:
Helter Skelter: Qaddafi's African Adventure
Qaddafi's Long Arm
SCOOP: My Lai or Qaddafi Lie? More on the 85 Civilians presumed killed by NATO
Did NATO kill 85 Libyan Villagers As Qaddafi Regime Contends?
CCDS Statement on Libya - a Critique
The Assassination of General Abdul Fattah Younis
NATO over Tripoli - Air Strikes in the Age of Twitter
How Many Libyans has NATO Killed?
Qaddafi Terror Files Start to Trickle Out!
Have Libyan Rebels Committed Human Rights Abuses?
Tripoli Green Square Reality Check
Behind the Green Curtain: Libya Today
Gilbert Achcar on the Libyan situation and the Left
NATO slammed for Libya civilian deaths NOT!
2011-07-01 Qaddafi's Million Man March
NATO's Game Plan in Libya
February 21st - Tripoli's Long Night
Did Qaddafi Bomb Peaceful Protesters?
Tripoli Burn Notice
Libyans, Palestinians & Israelis
'Brother' Qaddafi Indicted plus Libya & Syria: Dueling Rally Photofinishs
An Open Letter to ANSWER
ANSWER answers me
2011-06-22 No Libyans allowed at ANSWER Libya Forum
Are they throwing babies out of incubators yet?
Continuing Discussion with a Gaddafi Supporter
Boston Globe oped supports Gaddafi with fraudulent journalism
2011-04-13 Doha summit supports Libyan rebels
Current Events in Libya
Amonpour Plays Softball with Gaddafi
Arming Gaddfi
North African Revolution Continues
Is Libya Next? Anonymous Debates New Operation
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    •  Please, please put in a reference to ICISS. (1+ / 0-)
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      This Report states the basis for international law related to genocide and humanitarian interventions. A solid half of the comments in these diaries go off one way or another related to NATO/UN intervention in Libya.

      There are criteria:



      DECEMBER 2001

      which includes:


      4.18   Calls for intervention for human protection purposes have in the past been made on a wide range and variety of grounds, involving and in response to a wide range of circumstances and conditions, and many different criteria for intervention were suggested during the course of our consultations. The Commission's view is that exceptions to the principle of non-intervention should be limited. Military intervention for human protection purposes must be regarded as an exceptional and extraordinary measure, and for it to be warranted, there must be serious and irreparable harm occurring to human beings, or imminently likely to occur.

      4.19   In the Commission's view, military intervention for human protection purposes is justified in two broad sets of circumstances, namely in order to halt or avert:

      -- large scale loss of life, actual or apprehended, with genocidal intent or not, which is the product either of deliberate state action, or state neglect or inability to act, or a failed state situation; or
      -- large scale "ethnic cleansing," actual or apprehended, whether carried out by killing, forced expulsion, acts of terror or rape.

      If either or both of these conditions are satisfied, it is our view that the "just cause" component of the decision to intervene is amply satisfied.

      Posting up the link to the Report, itself, should do the basic task for grounding these discussions. Thank you.

      Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans

      by vets74 on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 06:47:32 AM PDT

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  •  Please keep the updates flowing (12+ / 0-)

    I for one appreciate them.

    You could be listening to Netroots Radio. "We are but temporary visitors on this planet. The microbes own this place" <- Me

    by yuriwho on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 08:05:11 PM PDT

  •  That's a very nice list of links. Perhaps you (8+ / 0-)

    could send them to UnaSpenser who is preparing the next live blog on Tripoli. You might not have noticed that there are three diaries on the rec list at the moment that are covering this.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 08:06:05 PM PDT

  •  I Have Some Issues With NATO (4+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Nailbanger, petral, A Voice

    much less the US getting involved in this. But we are. So if these new reports are accurate, even close to accurate NATO and yes even the US needs to step up the air strikes and end this.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 08:09:03 PM PDT

    •  It's Sat. nite, and I'm unreasonable, so... (2+ / 0-)
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      Floande, A Voice

      how about we just totally get the fuck out of other country's business, and mind our own for once?

      Tea Party manifesto: We're resigned to our collective fate because we don't want no stinkin' collective future with the likes of you

      by Richard Cranium on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 08:21:20 PM PDT

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      •  I understand your frustration. (1+ / 0-)
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        But we have to stay engaged on several fronts, if for no other reason than to protect human rights.  Sometimes it's hard to draw clear lines between human rights interventions and economic motivations (understatement alert!).  I wish we were doing more, and doing so more visibly, in Somalia.  It seems we ought to be able to clean out the corrupt tribal leaders and start fresh with some sort of basic democratic government there.  I'd gladly pay a little more in taxes to get that going.

        -4.63 -4.77, Stop writing interesting things. I've got to get some work done.

        by mengelhart on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 08:26:45 PM PDT

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      •  I Am Going To Be Unreasonable (3+ / 0-)
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        Nailbanger, vets74, yaque

        I hate war. I hate it. We never should have gotten into this in the first place. I am sick and tried of us thinking we can fight wars for other people that might not even like us that much.

        But we did get into this. Therefore end it.

        My father was teaching at the Army War College when Powell was a young officer. There he developed a thought process that war sucks. But if you are going to fight you fight to win. You use forces ten times what the enemy can handle.

        If you read Gen. Franks book of the first Gulf War that is what we did. There were times our military folks were worried that we were killing too many people. We should stop. The question was asked if they are standing down. No. Continue.

        I am not a heartless person and that lose of life is sad at levels I don't have words for. But look how things have happened this time around. Tens of thousands Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead.

        If you fight a war. If you engaged. You fight to win.

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 08:33:00 PM PDT

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        •  The MIC and corporate interests engaged (2+ / 0-)
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          A Voice, Lisa Lockwood

          "You" didn't engage.

          I didn't engage.

          You say, "but we did get into this".  No, "we" didn't.  "We" could end all three wars if "we" had the will and the stomach to stand up to the architects of the engagements.

          But "we" don't.

          Tea Party manifesto: We're resigned to our collective fate because we don't want no stinkin' collective future with the likes of you

          by Richard Cranium on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 08:40:21 PM PDT

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        •  We're not at war. This is not a war. (6+ / 0-)

          There is no U.S. "Libyan War of 2011". This is a provision of military support to one side in a civil war. For once, in Libya, Egypt, and now Syria, the US is doing good in the Middle East. For once Arabs everywhere are seeing that we aren't always assholes. This is not the Iraq War, and is in fact about as different as any military involvement can be.

          I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

          by doc2 on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 08:51:32 PM PDT

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          •  So you are ready to go into all African hot spots? (0+ / 0-)

            Do you need a list of them?

            How about Asian dictatorships, where rebels have been fighting against oppression for years and years?

            Again, do you need a list?

            Tea Party manifesto: We're resigned to our collective fate because we don't want no stinkin' collective future with the likes of you

            by Richard Cranium on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 09:14:31 PM PDT

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            •  Would you run up to someone helping (2+ / 0-)
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              yaque, Gustogirl

              an old woman across the street and yell at him or her "are you going to help ALL old people cross the street!"?  You should, if you want to be consistent with your rule that unless you can or will help in all cases, you shouldn't help in any.

              It's nice to know that you would put such a silly rule in the way of actually doing a heroically good thing for people. It gives you an excuse for not ever doing anything to help anybody. Thank goodness we did not elect somebody like you.

              I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

              by doc2 on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 10:01:25 PM PDT

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            •  So we shouldn't arrest any thieves (3+ / 0-)
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              yaque, doc2, Gustogirl

              because we can't arrest them all?

              The US Constitution was written expressly to prevent one man from changing anything.

              by A Voice on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 05:34:58 AM PDT

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          •  Even the term civil war is a misnomer, (2+ / 0-)
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            is it presupposes substantial support amongst the populace for Gaddafi, which just plainly does not exist.

            It's a revolutionary war of the people against a brutal, autocratic regime, its loyalists, and mercenaries.

            "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

            by Lawrence on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 05:37:05 AM PDT

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        •  This is not our war, this is the Libyan people's (0+ / 0-)

          war. NATO only has a support role, no troops on the ground.

          What you are suggesting is wrong. That NATO takes it over, sends in the Marines, etc.

          Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

          by Clay Claiborne on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 11:06:25 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, let's be isolationists and (8+ / 0-)

        not help a group of civilians terrorized by a despot for decades escape from their hell. Let's not give them our air support or cruise missiles, because those are expensive and we need the money ourselves. Let them live or die under a tyrant, we don't care.

        Not one US serviceman has died in our support of the Libyan people. So what's your fucking problem? Money?

        I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

        by doc2 on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 08:46:53 PM PDT

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    •  Air strikes can't hold territory, only feet on the (7+ / 0-)

      ground can do that. Those feet are the feet of the freedom fighters and engaged citizens. It sounds like NATO is coordinating with the FF for maximum effect against Gaddafi with minimum harm to the freedom fighters and civilians. That is probably not the fastest way but it may be the most enduring.

      Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

      by Wee Mama on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 08:22:57 PM PDT

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      •  along with recon from our drones ... (1+ / 0-)
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        Wee Mama

        That's how they know exactly where Gaddafi's heavy armor is.  Gaddafi is finished.  With a combination of superior recon, tank killing helicopters and a motivated populist uprising, there is no way he can win this thing.  He should try to avoid further bloodshed ... umm some of it may be his own ... and flee the country.

        "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

        by noofsh on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 07:02:13 AM PDT

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    •  We should not ramp up (0+ / 0-)

      We are doing enough with recon.  Otherwise, stay out.  This will be decided soon enough.  Gaddafi will bail out as his commanders will not fight.  They don't want to face trial.

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

      by noofsh on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 06:54:37 AM PDT

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  •  US "24 Hour" News Appears Closed for Weekend (6+ / 0-)
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    gchaucer2, Donna Z, bythesea, Mogolori, tmo, kalmoth

    I think it's closer to 24 seconds per day.

    I'll check the A.J. link.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 08:21:21 PM PDT

    •  Wouldn't want a worldwide economic crisis (4+ / 0-)
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      KenBee, tmo, A Voice, yaque

      and the overthrow of one of the world's longest-standing and most brutal dictators to interrupt the pre-scheduled va-cays of the cable class.

      "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

      by Mogolori on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 09:01:49 PM PDT

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      •  There's another blonde missing in Aruba. (0+ / 0-)

        Insurance policy.

        Ugly guy in handcuffs.

        Good for CNN. Might be a little heavy on the intellectual demands....

        Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans

        by vets74 on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 06:39:09 AM PDT

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  •  thanks for this, clay (7+ / 0-)

    it was just tweeted. hopefully you will have others adding news to it.

    i've been glued to this revolution since it started and am hoping with all of my heart that this final fight in tripoli will end quickly.  tonight's appearances by jalil, jaloud, and even koussa should go a long way towards convincing regime loyalists to lay down their weapons.  we will know as the sun rises in tripoli.

    already tonight a friend told me about how his 86 year old father spoke more freely on the phone with his brother than he has in the 30 odd years they have been talking on the phone texas to tripoli.  if all goes well, he will be on a plane back to tripoli for the first time in over 30 years to spend time with parents he has only seen four times in those years.

    another friend is coordinating a team whose mission is to take over the phone network.  he worries not just about them succeeding, but also about losing their lives.

    i am in awe of the libyans and their struggle to claim their rights, freedom, and dignity.  i hope their willingness to put themselves on the line inspires us here to say no our own government, economic imbalance, corporatization, and more.  

    Brothers & sisters of #Egypt, you have given the world the most precious gift: the belief that ultimately right will prevail. -Desmond Tutu

    by conchita on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 10:11:53 PM PDT

    •  Thanks to you, too conchita. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm grateful for all the action diaries you posted when spring arrived in Arabia.  :)

      Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

      by Gustogirl on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 10:11:39 AM PDT

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