Fighting continues in parts of Tripoli, the capital of Libya, where rebels are reportedly battling with Muammar Gaddafi's forces outside his heavily fortified compound. Reports by the Libyan Rebel Council that Gaddafi's son, Saif Al-Islam, had been captured were contradicted late Monday when he emerged amongst supporters in front of foreign journalists in Tripoli. The International Criminal Court had claimed he had been in the custody of anti-Gaddafi fighters for the past 24 hours. The rebels have also claimed that two of Gaddafi's other sons were detained but have provided no evidence. Meanwhile, details have emerged that U.S. and NATO forces played a key role in the Libyan rebel push into Tripoli, carrying out 17 predator drone strikes and 38 air strikes since August 10. Overall the U.S. have carried out 1,210 air strikes and 101 predator drone strikes in Libya since April 1. NATO says it will keep up pressure on Gaddafi, and that its “mission is not over yet." To explore the complexity of the Libyan conflict, Democracy Now! speaks with Phyllis Bennis who is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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