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Scenes from 'Free Libya'

Large swathes of eastern Libya are now under rebel control, as well as several towns in the west.

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A young boy holds a toy gun while touring a destroyed army barracks with his father and siblings in Benghazi on Feb. 28.

In the opposition stronghold of Benghazi, politicians have set up their first leadership council in a step that could lead to an alternative to the regime. NBC's Richard Engel is reporting from there.

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A man stands next to the remains of a looted weapons depot at a destroyed army barrack in the eastern city of Benghazi on Feb. 28.

Rebels are also holding the city of Zawiya, only 30 miles west of Tripoli.

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An armed resident gestures a victory sign in the main square in Zawiya, 30 miles west of Tripoli, on Feb. 27. Hundreds of armed anti-government forces backed by military defectors in Zawiya, the city closest to the capital Tripoli, prepared Sunday to repel an expected offensive by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi who are surrounding the city

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A tribal rebel fires a rocket propelled grenade from a militia post on Feb. 27 in Ajdabiya, Libya. Rebel militia there whipped into a frenzy after rumors that government troops loyal to President Moammar Gadhafi were preparing an attack.

Click here to watch the latest report from NBC News reporter Jim Maceda in Tripoli.