Moammar Gadhafi's rise and fall (21 images)

With rebel forces taking an increasingly dominant hold in Gadhafi's stronghold of Tripoli, and his forces abandoning him for the opposition, it looks like the nearly 42 years of his rule in Libya have been brought to an end.
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011 at 9:24 AM
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United States Rep. Curt Weldon (R, PA) shakes hands with Libyan leader Col. Moammer Gadhafi as Rep. Nick Smith (R, MI) looks on after their meeting in Sirte, Libya March 3, 2004. The Libyan leader said that Libya has turned the page on terror and weapons of mass destruction and seeks better relations with the United States. (UPI Photo/Kenneth R. Timmerman)
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