NATO Chief: Gadhafi's Regime 'Clearly Crumbling'

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Six months after it began, the battle for Libya appears to be coming to an end.     

Libyan rebel forces faced little resistance as they marched into the capitol city of Tripoli late Sunday. Within hours much of the city was occupied.

Small clashes continued to break out Monday as Gadhafi's last remaining supporters fight back.

Officials say it's now only a matter of time before the dictator's reign comes to an end.

"The Gadhafi regime is clearly crumbling. The sooner Gadhafi realizes that he cannot win the battle against his own people, the better, so that the Libyan people can be spared further bloodshed and suffering," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
    
Most of the fighting is centered on Gadhafi's compound.
    
Tanks operated by his few remaining forces opened fire on the rebels.
    
But celebrations have already broken out in Green Square, a place once seen as the symbolic heart of Gadhafi's regime.
    
However, Gadhafi insists he's still in control. The embattled leader issued an audio message over state television asking his supporters to keep fighting.

"I am with you in Tripoli," he said.  "Don't allow the occupier to put their foot in our land. I am with you in this battle as I always promised you. We will never surrender."

But surrender may be the dictator's only option.

It's unclear where Gadhafi is hiding, but two of his sons are reportedly in the custody of the rebel government.

"Now is the time to create a new Libya: a state based on freedom, not fear; democracy, not dictatorship; the will of the many, not the whims of a few," Rasmussen said.

President Obama issued a statement from his vacation on Martha's Vineyard saying the future of Libya is now in the hands of its people.

With the end of the fighting in Libya in sight, oil prices are expected to drop in coming months as Libya begins exporting oil again.

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