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
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)
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)
African Union President Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi is shown on the last working day of the G8 (Group of Eight) Summit in L'Aquila, Italy on July 10, 2009, before unveiling the plaque commemorating the earthquake in the main square of the Guardia di Finanza Inspectors' School where the Summit was held. (UPI Photo/Ettore Ferrari/G8Website)
Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi awaits the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tripoli on April 16, 2008. Putin is visiting Libya to focus on Russia's growing role in exploiting the North African country's energy resources. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)