Libyan Women React to the Battle for Tripoli

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This weekend, rebel troops invaded Libya's capital, Tripoli, and took control of the city. Though the whereabouts of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's ruler for over 40 years, are still unknown and Al-Jazeera is reporting "pockets of resistance," the rebels have claimed control of most of Tripoli.

The country began to see protests in February 2011, as did other Middle Eastern countries. Today, Libya is coming back online after a six-month blackout initiated by the Gaddafi regime in March 2011, in an effort to quash protest.

President Obama yesterday praised the invasion and described it as a result of an "unprecented coalition" including "the United States, our NATO partners and Arab nations."

Libya  rebels rally
(Credit Image: © Mahamad Umayr/Xinhua/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Earlier this week, journalist Yusra Tekbali reported on the role of women in the Libyan uprising, saying, "The presence of women from Day 1 throughout Libya's revolution is the best indicator of how unhappy society (both men and women) were under Gaddafi's nearly 42-year-rule."

Libyan Women React to the Battle for Tripoli

Tekbali tweets as @Libyus -- she is protected but opens her tweets up to most people who follow her.

Most Beautiful Pictures I ve Seen In MyLife,,They Captured My Heart! http://t.co/5IaU2b1 Lib celebrate as country's conflict nears closeless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Tripoli Gaddafi and Libya all trending, and in the correct spelling. That is some achievement (minus Gaddafi) #Libya #Tripoliless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Blogger Lebeeya wrote yesterday: " Libya is not just entering a new era or a new beginning, it's making history. I can honestly say this is the happiest day of my life."

#Gaddafi's in hiding,choosing defiance at the cost of arrest,death of his own children.What chance did OUR children have with him? #Libyaless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Blogger Morganleafy is posting coverage including maps of the uprising and a comparison of coverage in the British media.

Blogger My Enchanting Sereeb wrote Sunday: " No sleep for me tonight; I'm heading to the nearest city with my Libyan flag in my red San Francisco shoes to dance in the streets."

No sleeping tonight for all #Libyans. It's the night of Liberation..#Tripoli is fighting for our FREEDOMless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

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What do you think of the events? Are you following any bloggers from Libya you'd like to include in the comments?

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