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Besieged City of Misrata, Libya

In Misrata, which has seen some of the fiercest fighting of the conflict, rebels were claiming victory on April 23 as forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi retreated. Libyan officials said the military would withdraw from the city and leave its fate in the hands of of the "tribes around Misrata and the Misrata people."

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The besieged city is seen from a high building in Misrata, Libya, April 23, 2011. Government troops retreated to the outskirts of Misrata under rebel fire and the opposition claimed victory after officials in Tripoli decided to pull back forces loyal to M
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The besieged city is seen from a high building in Misrata, Libya, April 23, 2011. Government troops retreated to the outskirts of Misrata under rebel fire and the opposition claimed victory after officials in Tripoli decided to pull back forces loyal to M

Bullet casings litter a street in Misrata, April 23, 2011. (AP image)
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Bullet casings litter a street in Misrata, April 23, 2011. (AP image)

Libyan rebel fighters run across a street in Misrata, April 23, 2011. (AP image)
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Libyan rebel fighters run across a street in Misrata, April 23, 2011. (AP image)

Rebel fighters search a building for pro-Gadhafi forces in the besieged city of Misrata, April 23, 2011. (AP image)
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Rebel fighters search a building for pro-Gadhafi forces in the besieged city of Misrata, April 23, 2011. (AP image)

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