TRIPOLI, Libya — Moammar Gadhafi remains at large. His supporters are well armed. Fighting rages on three fronts, even as NATO warplanes drop more bombs.
That doesn't sound much like victory. But don't tell that to the crowds packing Martyrs' Square in Tripoli every night with the boom of celebratory gunfire as a soundtrack.
A month after revolutionary fighters claimed the capital, Tripoli, and most other parts of the country, forces loyal to Gadhafi have shown no signs of giving up, raising the prospect of a long-term insurgency.
Libya's new rulers dismiss those fears and say time is on their side, insisting the holdouts in Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, Bani Walid and Sabha were die-hard supporters, including many who escaped the Tripoli blitz and believe they have no choice but to resist or face war crime charges themselves.
"These people will fight to the last breath," said Sadeq al-Kabir, a Tripoli representative on the National Transitional Council, which led the rebellion and is the closest thing Libya has to a government.
He said rebels believe some of the main regime figures are still hiding in the areas, including Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam.
President Barack Obama said the international community must continue to support Libyans. "All of us have a responsibility to support the new Libya, the new Libyan government, as they confront the challenge of turning this moment of promise into a just and lasting peace for all Libyans," he said in an address at the U.N. General Assembly.
U.S. ambassador returns: U.S. Ambassador Gene Cretz arrived Wednesday in Tripoli, a day before plans to raise the U.S. flag over the embassy building. He left for Washington in January after WikiLeaks posted his opinions of Moammar Gadhafi's personal life and habits in a classified 2009 diplomatic cable. At the time, the Obama administration was considering replacing him due, in part, to strains in ties caused by the blunt assessment.
NATO extends mission: NATO granted approval Wednesday for the military alliance to continue its mission over Libya for another 90 days.