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.
In an image taken from footage broadcast on Al-Jazeera television on August 22, 2011, shows Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi gesturing while delivering a nationwide address in Tripoli. Gadhafi says he will stay in Libya despite the bloody showdown between protesters and his security forces. Libyan rebels have reached the highly symbolic Green Square in the center of Tripoli on August 22, 2011. UPI
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Arab heads of state meet on Sept. 27, 1970, at the Nile Hilton in Cairo to put an end to the civil war in Jordan between Palestinians and the government of King Hussein. From left to right: Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi, PLO chief Yasser Arafat, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, and King Hussein of Jordan. Palestinian and Israeli officials steeled themselves on November 4, 2004 for the possible death of the veteran Palestinian leader as Arafat lay critically ill in a Paris hospital. While Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei tried to play down in public the seriousness of Arafat's condition, French doctors and Palestinian officials privately acknowledged that the man who has led the nationalist struggle for some 40 years was critically ill. (UPI photo/HO )
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LIB2000121404 - 14 DECEMBER 2000 - TARABULS, LIBYA: Palestinian President Yasser Arafat ,left, meets Libyan Ledar Moammar Gadhafi, in Tarabuls,Libya DEC. 14, 2000. rw/Stringer UPI
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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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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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