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You are in the 229th Witness Revolution diary, bearing witness to pro-democracy movements in North Africa, the Middle East and beyond. This is a special edition to cover the unfolding events in Tripoli, the last stand against the Gaddafi Forces. (see links to previous diaries for this event at the bottom of the diary.)

Twitter tags #feb17 #libya #tripoli #mermaiddawn

Good reporting sources:
Al Jazeera English live TV
Al Jazeera English liveblog

(h/t Lawrence)

A blog post from a Libyan on Al Jazeera that I
would like to repost here.

I know from personal experience just how grateful Libyans are to all who gave them their solidarity and this blog post expresses that well:

    Thank you to all the people here who have stood with the Libyan people to what I hope will soon be the end.  I hope that any of you who would like to visit Libya and see all the places you have been talking about and meet all the people you have been supporting will be able to.  I know that I do mention God in my posts, I do not mean to offend anyone and I know that you are all good people no matter what your belief or you would not be here.  I have to believe in God, I go to funerals for these young men, I have seen them badly hurt and I have tried to calm my children while they tried to sleep listening to battles in the neighborhood.  Because I believe, I do pray for the best for each one of you who has given up time doing something else so that you could be here.  That you know more about a place and people that you might not have thought of a year ago, means to me that there is hope not only for the future of Libya, but the future of the world.  Apathy is the biggest threat to freedom and democracy.  No matter what your opinions, you are not apathetic and you are all fighters for freedom and democracy.  To those who consider themselves believers, God bless you, to those who do not, my sincere thanks and appreciation.

Map of neighborhoods in Tripoli (click on image for larger version):
From @4adam on imageshack
map of West Libya, towns surrounding Tripoli (click on image for larger version):
(h/t bumblebums) I can't get the embed to work
there's an interactive Google map of Tripoli indicating where fighting has broken out.

This is the best map we've seen of Libya and what's happened where.


dessiegrant 8:29amvia Twitter for iPhone

@SecularLibya: Incredible vid of FFs celebrating in #Zlitan #Libya #feb17

@IbnOmar2005 Ibn Omar
EXCELLENT PIC. How the media covered the "stalemate" in #Libya. Every outlet should see this. @CNN @BBC

UPDATES FROM THIS POINT ON most recent on top (also in comments):

(h/t to BarackStarObama)

Opposition leader confirms... (5+ / 0-)

the attack on Tripoli was coordinated with NATO...

"We planned this operation with NATO, our Arab associates and our rebel fighters in Tripoli with commanders in Benghazi,"

(h/t We Won)
(Reuters) -Libyan rebels control most of the Tajourah district in the east of the capital and have surrounded an airbase there...

KEYLER20 8:22pm via web

In live audio address, Gadhafi calls rebels "traitors," ask citizens to "march forward"

8:20pm: LibyaTV is reporting Freedom Fighters gained control of weapons storage unit in el Hadba Tripoli

Links to previous Tripoli Battle diaries:
The Battle for Tripoli Part II
Breaking: The Battle For Tripoli Has Begun. W/ Updates. "All Hell Has Broken Out in Tripoli."
Witnessing Revolution #227: Battle of Tripoli or #MermaidDawn
Witnessing Revolution Diary #228: Battle of Tripoli continues

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