Young men hold guns and guard a checkpoint on a street in Tripoli. As soon as the rebel offensive gained steam, the population of Tripoli took up arms and took to the streets to defend their neighbourhoods and take on Gaddafi loyalists. After a six month revolution, rebel forces finally managed to break into Tripoli and have taken control of Bab al-Aziziyah, Col Gaddafi's compound and residence. Few remain that are loyal to Gaddafi in the city; it is seeming that the 42 year regime has come to an end. Gaddafi is currently on the run.