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Documenting The Libyan Rebels: The Power Of A Popular Uprising

  • Photojournalist Jonathan Levinson recently spent time in Libya documenting the rebel forces. In this photo essay, he shows how the rebels are reusing old weapons. Here, a silhouette designed for target practice is painted with the colors of the rebel flag and staked on top of a berm at a checkpoint in the Nafusa Mountains in western Libya.
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    Photojournalist Jonathan Levinson recently spent time in Libya documenting the rebel forces. In this photo essay, he shows how the rebels are reusing old weapons. Here, a silhouette designed for target practice is painted with the colors of the rebel flag and staked on top of a berm at a checkpoint in the Nafusa Mountains in western Libya.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR
  • A Libyan rebel poses with his antique bolt-action rifle. He said that it was an American-made 1911; it is actually an Italian-made Carcano. That rifle was most widely used during World War II but can still be found in use in western Libya.
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    A Libyan rebel poses with his antique bolt-action rifle. He said that it was an American-made 1911; it is actually an Italian-made Carcano. That rifle was most widely used during World War II but can still be found in use in western Libya.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR
  • "What emerged as a running theme," says Levinson, "was the level of ingenuity ... which has survived even in the face of food shortages and the obvious hardships." Here, an improvised shelter is seen at a rebel checkpoint in the Nafusa Mountains.
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    "What emerged as a running theme," says Levinson, "was the level of ingenuity ... which has survived even in the face of food shortages and the obvious hardships." Here, an improvised shelter is seen at a rebel checkpoint in the Nafusa Mountains.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR
  • A rebel soldier stands with his battle rifle at the Dahiba border crossing between Libya and Tunisia.
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    A rebel soldier stands with his battle rifle at the Dahiba border crossing between Libya and Tunisia.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR
  • Ammunition crates are set up as a makeshift shelter at a checkpoint near Kikla in the Nafusa Mountains.
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    Ammunition crates are set up as a makeshift shelter at a checkpoint near Kikla in the Nafusa Mountains.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR
  • Rebels drive through the streets of Zintan in a modified Toyota Land Cruiser with the roof cut off and a ZPU-2 anti-aircraft gun mounted on the back.
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    Rebels drive through the streets of Zintan in a modified Toyota Land Cruiser with the roof cut off and a ZPU-2 anti-aircraft gun mounted on the back.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR
  • A checkpoint guards the stretch of road in Rhybat that has been turned into a makeshift airplane runway.
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    A checkpoint guards the stretch of road in Rhybat that has been turned into a makeshift airplane runway.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR
  • Gas stations are no longer open in western Libya. All the fuel is being brought in from Tunisia. Gas is sold from tanks in the beds of pickup trucks.
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    Gas stations are no longer open in western Libya. All the fuel is being brought in from Tunisia. Gas is sold from tanks in the beds of pickup trucks.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR
  • "I hope my pictures convey not just the creative use of weapons and vehicles, surreal surroundings, and the still high morale, but also the power of a popular uprising," Levinson says. Here, the Dahiba border crossing between Libya and Tunisia.
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    "I hope my pictures convey not just the creative use of weapons and vehicles, surreal surroundings, and the still high morale, but also the power of a popular uprising," Levinson says. Here, the Dahiba border crossing between Libya and Tunisia.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR
  • A rebel fighter loads ammunition into a ZSU-23 "Shilka" self-propelled anti-aircraft gun in Zintan.
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    A rebel fighter loads ammunition into a ZSU-23 "Shilka" self-propelled anti-aircraft gun in Zintan.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR
  • A rebel looks at a crate containing two 100mm rounds for the main gun of a T-55 battle tank that had previously belonged to Moammar Gadhafi's forces.
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    A rebel looks at a crate containing two 100mm rounds for the main gun of a T-55 battle tank that had previously belonged to Moammar Gadhafi's forces.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR
  • A destroyed T-64 that belonged to Gadhafi's forces sits in a field on the outskirts of Zintan — the closest Gadhafi's forces came to the city.
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    A destroyed T-64 that belonged to Gadhafi's forces sits in a field on the outskirts of Zintan — the closest Gadhafi's forces came to the city.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR
  • The makeshift runway in Rhybat serves planes flying between the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in the east and the Nafusa Mountains in the west.
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    The makeshift runway in Rhybat serves planes flying between the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in the east and the Nafusa Mountains in the west.
    Photos by Jonathan Levinson for NPR

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