As Qaddafi's regime crumbles, two Chicagoans from Libya reflect

August 22, 2011

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Libyan rebel soldiers embrace at the former female military base in Tripoli after claiming most of the capital on Aug 22.

Colonel Moammar Qaddafi’s 42-year grip on power looks over. Reports out of Tripoli indicate that rebels have seized between 85 to 90 percent of the capital. In many areas, they faced surprisingly little resistance.

Fighting continues outside of Qaddafi’s compound, but the Colonel’s whereabouts remain unknown. Three of his sons are in custody, and his prime minister has fled to Tunisia.

Britsh Prime Minister David Cameron said, "What we have done in Libya is necessary, legal and right.” Many world leaders reacted by acknowledging how tremendously Libyans have suffered under Qaddafi's dictatorship and expressed their support for Libya's transition into new leadership.

Two Libyan Americans, Sanad Abdalla and Tawfik Sharkasi, join us to discuss recent developments.