Benjamin Lowy

EDITORIAL: LIBYA | REVOLUTION: Libya | The Fall of Tripoli

Following the uprising in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia, Libyan civilians orchestrated a massive uprising against the 42 year-old reign of strongman Muammar Gaddafi. What began as simple protests, erupted into one of the most violent and long lasting uprisings of the Arab Spring movement, blossoming into a civil war that has embroiled the United States, NATO, and the International Criminal Court.

After 8 months, the Rebel militias of various cities and regions combined their power to overwhelm the Gaddafi loyalist forces protecting Tripoli, and drove the embattled dictator from his powerbase and to his eventual death.

A car lies tourched along with a Gaddafi loyalist encampment in the roundabout outside the Bab al-Aziziya compound.
  
A rebel stands on the infamous
  
A rebel sniper watches for a suspected pro-Gaddafi loyalist position during a gun battle in Tripoli's Abu Salim neighborhood.
     
  
The body of a recently killed pro-Gaddafi sniper lies outside an apartment complex near the south entrance of the Bab al-Aziziya compound.
  
uspected Gaddafi loyalist soldiers are pulled from apartments and lined up against a wall in the Abu Salim neighborhood by rebel forces on August 25 2011 in Tripoli, Libya. The suspected loyalist soldiers were made to chant
  
Rebel forces take cover after coming under small arms fire.
     
  
Libyans raise their arms in celebration as they tear down Gaddafi's infamous
  
A Libyan rebel throws a grenade toward an apartment building housing Gaddafi loyalist soldiers.
  
A Libyan man, shot in the head, is treated at a hospital ICU ward.
     
  
A group of Libyan rebels line up in a cramped stairway during an apartment clearing operation to kill a Gaddafi loyalist sniper hiding out on the floor above.
  
Two Libyan rebels run up a cramped stairway to fire their weapon at a Gaddafi loyalist sniper positioned above them.
  
As his comrades flee, a Libyan rebel soldier falls after being shot in the head and killed by a Gaddafi loyalist sniper hiding out on the floor above during an apartment clearing operation.
     
  
As his comrades flee, a Libyan rebel soldier falls after being shot in the head and killed by a Gaddafi loyalist sniper hiding out on the floor above during an apartment clearing operation.
  
The body of a Libyan rebel lies on the floor of a cramped stairwell after being shot by a Gaddafi loyalist sniper.
  
A young Libyan, suspected of being a Gaddafi loyalist, is arrested by rebel forces.
     
  
The body of a dead Libyan, the victim of a sniper, lies covered in lime on a traffic overpass in Tripoli.
  
A man weeps as a crowd gathers to read a list of Libyan civilians who have disapeared following the arrival of opposition forces in Tripoli.
  
At least 50 burnt bodies were discovered in a construction site shed near the base for the infamous Khamis Brigade.
     
  
A Libyan walks through Gaddafi's secret underground tunnles that line the infamous Bab al-Aziziyia compound.
  
A Libyan rebel stands and poses on an ornate mermaid loveseat, a wedding gift made to resemble Aisha Gaddafi, daughter of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi.
  
Grief stricken relatives and survivors of a Gaddafi loyalist massacre openly weep at the site where at least 50 burnt bodies were discovered in a construction shed near the base for the infamous Khamis Brigade.
     
  
  
Libyan rebels destroy their own vehicle as they fire a 40mm recoiless rifle at Gaddafi loyalist troop positions.
  
Doctors treat an injured rebel fighter in the Tripoli City Hospital after their vehicle came under sniper fire and crashed.
     
  
A veiled Libyan woman stands next to several looted serving bowls in the main doorway of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi's home.
  
Libyan Rebels aim their weapons at a suspected Gaddafi loyalist sniper who targeted the Corninthian hotel.
  
A Libyan rebel covers his mouth as he sorts through numerous family photos belonging to former Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi in his Bab al-Aziziya compound.
     
  
A pile of bodies, some the victims of execution, lie dumped in a grassy yard at the Abu Salim Hospital.
  
A Libyan boy helps his father as they pick through an apartment in a building targeted by Rebel forces during a violent battle with Gaddafi loyalists.
  
Libyans celebrate the fall of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi in the the newly renamed Martyr's Square.
     
  
Family members gather at a seaside graveyard to pay their respects for recently deceased loved ones on the morning of the Muslim Eid holiday.
  
A Libyan rebel stands in front of a burning building following the rebel victory in Tripoli.
  
Libyans celebrate the fall of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi in the the newly renamed Martyr's Square