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August 23rd, 2011
07:40 AM ET

Gadhafi's son Saif al-Islam free in Tripoli, despite reports of capture

Excitement over the rebels seamlessly entering Tripoli this weekend rapidly devolved into confusion and uncertainty late Monday about whether ruler Moammar Gadhafi's regime would fall anytime soon.

Reports out of Libya yesterday stressed that the capture of Gadhafi's three sons was key to the possible toppling of the dictator's empire, as it meant that Gadhafi was isolated and without his most trusted advisers.

However, Saif al-Islam, Gadhafi's son, who is wanted on war crimes charges by the International Criminal Court, showed up at the Rixos Hotel yesterday, telling CNN's Matthew Chance that his father and several of his sisters were safe in Tripoli, and that loyal troops had "broken the back" of the rebels who moved into the capital over the weekend.

Today on American Morning, Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, joins Ali Velshi to weigh in on what Saif's appearance says about the situation on the ground in Libya and the credibility of the rebel fighters.

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