Libyan rebels capture major base defending capital

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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libyan rebels have captured a major military base that defends Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold of Tripoli.

As Associated Press reporter with the rebels saw them take over the base of the Khamis Brigade, 16 miles west of the capital, on Sunday.

Gadhafi's 27-year-old son Khamis commands the 32nd Brigade, also known simply as the Khamis Brigade, one of the best trained and equipped units in the Libyan military.

The rebels were seizing large stores of weapons from the base, driving away with truckloads of new supplies.