Libya: Fighting at Gadhafi's Compound, NATO Says It's Almost Over

 Al Jazeera reports smoke is emerging from Gadhafi's fortress, as rebels storm his compound, previously secured by guards: Libyan rebels have reportedly entered the fortified compound of leader Muammar Gaddafi in Bab al-Azizya in Tripoli, amid intensified fighting with regime forces.


According to reports that could not be independently verified, rebels have entered the compound at least through one gate.

"It is very clear that there is a major battle raging within that compound," Al Jazeera's James Bays said, reporting from Tripoli.

Fighting also continued across the capital for a second day on Tuesday, and columns of grey smoke were seen billowing over the Bab al-Azizya area with the sound of gunfire and occasional explosions ringing out.




Al Jazeera's keeping another one of their impeccable liveblogs, and just reported that a NATO spokesperson gave a statement that Gadhafi was on his figurative last legs.  

NATO spokesperson, Oana Lungescu, said: "it is the final chapter, the end is near and events are moving fast what is clear is Gaddafi is history. The Libyan people should be spared.... Mission to protect civilians remains necessary, we cannot drop our guard and we won't. This afternoon, ambassadors will meet at NATO headquarters to discuss the way forward and look at options for a possible nato role," she said during a press conference in Naples.

Keep up with the latest developments here

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 23, 2011, 4:34am

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