Dictator without a Future

Spiegel Online - 22 August 2011 - From Anna Reimann

The rebels are taking over Tripoli and fighting is intense around Moammar Gadhafi's residence. But where is the dictator? And what fate lies in store for the eccentric despot who has ruled Libya for 42 years? SPIEGEL explores the most-pressing questions.

"My people love me. They would die in order to protect me!" Libya's dictator Moammar Gadhafi told an American journalist six months ago. He was wrong. His 42-year rule is nearing its end. Rebels have conquered most of the capital city.

But where is the powerless dictator? Has he fled already? Is he still in Tripoli? Is he planning to attack again out of desperation?The situation remains fluid and unclear. Reports suggest Gadhafi's son Khamis is leading troops towards central Tripoli. But rebels already have large chunks of the capital under their control.

On Monday morning, there was heavy shooting around the Gadhafi residence where his last remaining supporters are holed up. The rebels announced that they would turn over every stone "to find, arrest and bring Gadhafi to justice."

SPIEGEL has provided an overview of the most important questions and answers (...)