News reports and a recap of events hours via the BBC World Service on the takeover of Tripoli by Libyan rebel forces.
August 22, 2011

Amid pockets of resistance, optimism.

As the story continues, rebel forces are in (as of this moment: 2:30 pm PDT) 80% control of Tripoli. Still dealing with pockets of resistance from pro-Gaddafi forces it seems likely these will fall within the coming hours.

New questions arise as to just what will happen next. There is a degree of pessimism over fears of revenge and how this may be the harbinger of a bigger civil war among the various tribes in the region. For the moment though, there is optimism and a sense that another repressive regime has been toppled. Still, there is no word as to where Gaddafi is, but I suspect that question will be answered by this time tomorrow.

In the meantime, here is a recap of the news as it was developing this morning via the BBC World Service with a flood of eyewitness accounts on the ground as it was happening.

More history, picking it up as we go along.

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