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Thursday
Oct132011

Libyan Rebels Close In on Sirte While Another Gadhafi Son Is Caught

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images(SIRTE, Libya) -- After weeks of fighting, it appears that rebel forces are on the verge of finally controlling former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte if they haven't done so already.

There were reports Wednesday that Sirte had fallen into the rebels' hands although Libya's new regime, the Transitional National Council, wasn't prepared to confirm this development.

Seizing Sirte would enable the TNC to begin the process of formally setting up a government and open ports and harbors even though a few Gadhafi strongholds still remain.

The city has been fiercely defended by the ousted leader's supporters even as the rest of the country has apparently settled into a post-Gadhafi era.

Meanwhile, the TNC was able to announce that Gadhafi's fifth's son, Mutassim, was taken into custody outside Sirte.  He had served as National Security Adviser of Libya under the regime of his father, who is still on the run.

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