Gaddafi's last stand?

With Tripoli almost completely under rebel control, the Libyans' war focus shifted to an all-out manhunt for fugitive leader Moammar Gaddafi.

Click through the key locations in the struggle for control in Libya:

  • Sirte
  • Sabha
  • Abu Salim
  • Bab al-Aziziya compound
  • Rixos Hotel

Rebels are trying to advance on Sirte, Gaddafi's home town and tribal power center, which lies roughly halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi, the de facto rebel capital.

Rebels reported fighting around the city of Sabha, a Gaddafi stronghold with a strong presence of loyalist troops – and another possible place of refuge for the Libyan leader himself.

On Thursday, fighting was focused on the traditionally loyalist neighborhood of Abu Salim, in particular a cluster of apartment buildings not far from Gaddafi's compound.

Rebels stormed and captured the compound at Bab al Aziziya earlier in the week.

On Wednesday, Gaddafi loyalists set free the three dozen journalists they had held captive in the Rixos Hotel.

The path to Tripoli

Libyan rebels stormed the main Tripoli stronghold of Moammar Gaddafi on Sunday and fought pitched battles with loyalist forces in other parts of the capital.

Source: Staff reports. Graphic: Heather Billings, Laris Karklis and Gene Thorp - The Washington Post. Published Aug. 22, 2011.