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You are in the #233rd 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

(h/t petral)

@taimur_ly تيمور عبد العزيز

Benghazi taught us courage, Misrata resistance, Nafousa determination, Zawiya perseverance, Tripoli patience. This is Libya @tripolicouncil

54 minutes ago via Echofon

Good reporting sources:
Al Jazeera English live TV
Al Jazeera English liveblog
Guardian Middle East liveblog
Feb17.info news aggregator and local reporting (live video feed), excellent resources such as maps and reliable Twitter streams to follow
BBC live coverage (video and text)
A Vision of a Democratic Libya - the guiding document of the revolution



Follow on Twitter:
Feb 17 voices
Al Jazeera English
LibyanYouthMovement
Sultan Al Qassemi

(h/t amk for obama)

2257 He says people are in the streets sharing cakes and drinks and hugging each other. "People were very hungry for freedom and tonight, everyone is getting a piece of this freedom."

2256 Abdul Hakim, a Tripoli resident, is speaking to the BBC from amid celebratory gunfire in the city. "We are going to establish the new country, we are going to go forward and not look back. We are going to build a new country and have good relationships with all the international community around the world."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

Map of neighborhoods in Tripoli (click on image for larger version):

From @4adam on imageshack
http://feb17.info/...
map of West Libya, towns surrounding Tripoli (click on image for larger version):
From feb17.info


(h/t Oujdi) This interactive google map is more up to date

View Larger Map again, I can't get google map embed to work here


(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.

From Feb17.info



@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):


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Al Arabiya: NTC confirms Mohammed Gaddafi has been captured #Libya #Feb17
57 seconds ago



(h/t leevank)
AJE now reporting it's confirmed that ...

two Gaddafi sons have been captured, another has surrendered, and the son of his chief of intelligence has been killed in fighting near the Rixos Hotel.




(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:

    LibyaInAbstentia
    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.


(h/t Lawrence)
If a picture speaks a thousand words, then this video about the early days of the Libyan Revolution speaks millions.  Not only does it clearly show that the Revolution was initially peaceful, but also that it was an uprising that took place in basically every major town and city in Libya.



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
Witnessing Revolution Live Blog #229 - Libya
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