The protests that have spread across the Arab world have claimed another dictator this week, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi.
The fight back against his 40 year rule took hold in February, and Dateline was in the eastern city of Benghazi as it celebrated liberation.
Now, the jubilant scenes have moved to the streets of the capital, Tripoli, as rebels take control of traditionally pro-Gaddafi areas, including the leader's compound.
Plus we look back at our 2010 interview with Gaddafi, when he confidently insisted that the people were with him and dismissed the title of 'dictator' as stupid.
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BEHIND THE SCENES - Yalda and Executive Producer Peter Charley talk about putting together this report and their experiences reporting from Libya.
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GADDAFI BIOGRAPHY - Read about Muammar Gaddafi's life and his time as Libyan leader.
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Gaddafi was born to a desert Bedouin tribe in 1942.
He started university studies but dropped out to join the Libyan military in 1961.
At 27 years of age, Gaddafi staged a successful, bloodless revolution in 1969 against Libya's King Idris.
Colonel Gaddafi never promoted himself to the rank of General after seizing power, as he says that Libya is 'ruled by the people' and thus he needs no higher rank.
There are even reports that he was inspired by Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara.
Gaddafi funded and armed many political groups, some said to be radical, who could prove their commitment to fighting Western imperialism.
As a result, notable leaders who have since been convicted of war crimes were funded by Gaddafi, such as Liberian despot Charles Taylor and Sierra Leonean rebel commander Foday Sankoh.
He was also linked to the verbal and financial support of groups including the IRA and Palestinian Liberation Organisation.
Gaddafi's regime was often criticised for political repression of its people, executing dissidents publically, as well as harbouring nuclear and chemical weapons. However in 2003 Gaddafi officially relinquished his supply of weapons of mass destruction.
US President Ronald Reagan called him a 'mad dog; and ordered bombers to strike Libya's capital Tripoli in 1986.
Perhaps his most famous involvement in controversial affairs was the Lockerbie bombing. The international community shunned Libya for decades after Abdelbaset al-Megrahi masterminded the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over the Scottish town, killing 270 people.
Gaddafi's regime eventually took responsibility for the attack, and paid compensation to the families of those who died. Al-Megrahi was controversially released in 2009.
'Coming in from the cold'
The 1990s saw the leader attempt to mend ties with the West and other Arab leaders with whom he had a distant - often hostile - relationship. He made a series of policy decisions - such as the redistribution of oil wealth amongst Libyans - that improved his international standing, and met with a series of major world leaders.
He was elected Chairman of the Africa Union body in 2009, where he spoke of his dreams for a 'United States of Africa'.
He visited the United States for the first time in 2009 to address the United Nations. His speech went for over one and a half hours, where he criticised the UN for failing to prevent 65 wars, defending the Taliban and Somali pirates as a reaction to Western exploitation of their countries.
Gaddafi was interviewed by Dateline in 2010, when he confidently insisted that the people were with him and dismissed the title of 'dictator' as stupid.
But in 2011, mass anti-government protests and a political uprising erupted in Libya, spreading quickly around the country.
The eastern city of Benghazi soon fell to rebels, followed in August by the capital, Tripoli, where rebels took control of pro-Gaddafi areas, including the leader's compound.
At the time of his fall, he was the longest-serving leader in both Africa and the Arab world.
Gaddafi is married to Safia Farfash, a former nurse and his second wife.
He has eight biological children, and two adopted children.
The two most prominent of these are Saif and Al-Saadi.
Gaddafi has claimed that an unknown adopted daughter of his called 'Hanna' was killed in the US bombing of Libya.
His family are rumoured to have a personal fortune of roughly $US60 billion.
Gaddafi has a fear of flying over water.
He previously did not travel anywhere without his Ukrainian nurse, who was evacuated on February 28th 2011 due to the political unrest.
The leader has an all-female contingent of 30-40 bodyguards, known as the Amazonian Guard. The women reportedly must be virgins to qualify for duty and are personally selected by Gaddafi.
He is said to sleep in a Bedouin tent at home and abroad, guarded by the Amazonian Guard.
He is extremely concerned with his public image - having ordered the assassination of dozens of his critics around the world in the 1970s and 80s. His dress sense has been described as flamboyant and he is often seen in his characteristic safari suits and opaque sunglasses.
He is also famous for his long, often rambling speeches, that can go for hours and are often unscripted.
Click here to take a look at our photo gallery of Gaddafi's life and read about why there are so many different spellings of Gaddafi's name.
Sources: BBC, Al Jazeera and agencies