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Rebels Set GADHAFI BOUNTY; Tripoli Fighting Goes On – WSJ.com

August 24, 2011

Rebels Set Gadhafi Bounty; Tripoli Fighting Goes On

MIDDLE EAST NEWS AUGUST 24, 2011, 1:58 P.M. ET

By SAM DAGHER And RICHARD BOUDREAUX

BENGHAZI, Libya—With fresh gunfire erupting in and around Tripoli on Wednesday, Libya’s rebel leadership acknowledged that the battle to control the North African country is far from over, and offered a financial reward of more than $1 million for anyone who captures Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

In Tripoli, forces loyal to Col. Gadhafi withdrew from positions around the capital’s premier hotel, enabling foreign journalists who had been trapped there for six days to leave.

WSJ’s Alistair MacDonald reports profiles NATO’s role in aiding Libyan rebels as they marched toward Tripoli and eventually stormed Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s compound. Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

A day after rebels celebrated their storming of Col. Gadhafi’s sprawling Bab al-Aziziya government compound in the capital, pro-regime snipers launched repeated attacks on rebels inside the compound, cut off the road to Tripoli’s airport, and fired at motorists near its port, the Associated Press reported.

Intense clashes also erupted in the Abu Salim neighborhood next to the Bab al-Aziziya compound, with Gadhafi loyalists firing shells and assault rifles at the fighters, the AP reported. Abu Salim, a working-class neighborhood, is home to a notorious prison and thought to be one of the last remaining regime strongholds within the capital.

The continued troubles bringing the country under control—primarily as well-trained Gadhafi loyalist forces continue to provide resistance in the capital and in areas to the east loyal to the longtime strongman—raise the specter of a longer conflict, or a pro-Gadhafi insurgency that will become a primary concern of a new Libyan leadership.

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