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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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is greeted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) upon arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 10, 2007. Gadhafi, on his first official visit Monday to a Western country after renouncing terrorism and doing away with weapons of mass destruction, cut deals for $14.7 billion in contracts for armaments and a nuclear reactor. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement)
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