Benjamin Lowy

EDITORIAL: iLIBYA: iLibya 2 | Uprising by iPhone

Following the uprising in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia, Libyan civilians orchestrated a massive uprising against the 42 year-old reign of strongman Muammar Gaddafi. What began as simple protests, erupted into one of the most violent and long lasting uprisings of the Arab Spring movement, blossoming into a civil war that has embroiled the United States, NATO, and the International Criminal Court.

After 8 months, the Rebel militias of various cities and regions combined their power to overwhelm the Gaddafi loyalist forces protecting Tripoli, and drove the embattled dictator from his powerbase and to his eventual death.

A rebel stands on the infamous
Rebel forces run for cover after coming under small arms fire while clearing the dangerous and pro-Gaddafi neighborhood in Tripoli.
 A car lies tourched along with a Gaddafi loyalist encampment in the roundabout outside the Bab al-Aziziya compound.
A Libyan rebel shoots a picture of Gaddafi.
A Libyan rebel rips a poster of former dictator Moummar Gaddafi from the lobby of an apartment complex.
The bodies of two executed Gaddafi loyalist soldiers, their hands bound, lie on a grassy roundabout outside the south entrance of the Bab al-Aziziyia compound on August 25, 2011 in Tripoli, Libya. At least 30 bodies lay scattered across the small traffic roundabout. Some where burnt, and many had their hands cuffed, suggesting that they were prisoners and subduded before their bodies were killed in what appears to be a hail of gunfire.
A wallet sized picture of Gaddaif in commando atire.
A Libyan rebel takes cover after coming under fire.
Suspected Gaddafi loyalist soldiers are pulled from apartments and lined up against a wall by rebel forces on August 25 2011 in Tripoli, Libya. The suspected loyalist soldiers were made to chant
A Libyan rebel runs up a cramped stairway to fire his weapon at a Gaddafi loyalist soldier.
A Libyan rebel screams for rooftop fighters to fire on a building housing a Gaddafi loyalist sniper.
Libyan rebels fire a 220 machine gun toward a Gaddafi loyalist position.
Libyans raise their arms in celebration as they tear down the infamous
Libyan civilians wander through the remains of the infamous Abu Salim Prison courtyard.
A pile of bodies, some the victims of execution, lie dumped in a grassy yard at the Abu Salim Hospital.
A Libyan leaves a Tripoli area hospital after having his hand amputated.
The marks of an execution, a bloddied gurney and splattered blood, are all that remain in the hallway of the Abu Salim Hospital .
Libyan Rebels aim their weapons at a suspected Gaddafi loyalist sniper who targeted the Corninthian hotel.
At least 50 burnt bodies were discovered in a construction site shed near the base for the infamous Khamis Brigade on August 27 2011 in Tripoli, Libya. Eyewitnesses who escaped the massacre said people were murdered by pro-Gaddafi forces on August 23 and 24.
Grief stricken relatives and survivors of a Gaddafi loyalist massacre openly weep at the site where at least 50 burnt bodies were discovered in a construction shed near the base for the infamous Khamis Brigade.
Libyans gawk at an ornate mermaid loveseat, a wedding gift made to resemble Aisha Gaddafi, daughter of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi, while wandering in her home.
A Libyan boy stands infront of a bullet scarred wall in an apartment building targeted by Rebel forces during a violent confrontation with Gaddafi loyalists.
Doctors treat an injured rebel fighter in the Tripoli City Hospital.
A Libyan rebel sorts through the looted belongings of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi in his Bab al-Aziziya compound.
A Libyan man cries at the sight of at least 50 burnt bodies discovered in a construction site shed near the base for the infamous Khamis Brigade.
Libyan Rebels aim their weapons at a suspected Gaddafi loyalist sniper who targeted the Corninthian hotel.
A mural depicting a victorious battle of the Libyan military forces against a vague enemy is painted on the Khamis Brigade parade ground.
A masked Libyan holds up a picture of one of Moammar Gaddfi's sons in the bombed and looted home of Motasem Gaddafi.
Two Libyan women walk through a park on the outskirts of Martyr's Square as seen through a bullet riddled window belonging to a Gaddafi government domestic spy office.
A Libyan rebel stands underneth a palm tree while guarding the house of Al-Mu'tasim-Billah al-Gaddafi, a son of the former dictator Moummar Gaddafi.
African migrant workers accused of being mercenaries for former Libyan Dictator Moammar Gaddafi are kept in a small low-security prison in Tripoli, Libya. While Gaddafi did use a number of paid African soldiers to battle the rebels, most Africans are simply arrested and harrassed in libya for simply being black.
Internally displaced African migrant workers swim in a small cove near a deserted dry dock port filled with the wrecks of unseaworthy boats that have become a home to a thousand stranded guest workers.
A Libyan boy helps his father as they pick through an apartment in a building targeted by Rebel forces during a violent battle with Gaddafi loyalist soldiers.
Libyans celebrate the fall of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi in the the newly renamed Martyr's Square.
A Libyan man sits along a war ravaged Tripoli Street, surrounded by buildings pockmarked with mortar and bullet holes in Misrata, Libya.
A young Libyan girls climbs outside a car window as a woman flashes a peace sign and honks her horn in celebration of the fall of Libyan Dicator Muammar Gaddafi.
A Libyan raises a Rebel flag, the new Libyan national flag, over a checkpoint in Zuwarah, Libya.