[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/WORLD/africa/03/28/libya.opposition.army/t1larg.libya.opposition.army.gi.jpg caption="Libyan civilians turned amateur soldiers say they're united by one mission: toppling the regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi." width=300 height=169]CNN Wire Staff
Just a month ago, members of the Libyan opposition army were civilians of all ages and from all walks of life.
Wesam, 22, was in college.
Ahmed, 32, is a husband, father and an engineer.
Adrees, 18, was studying business.
But now, they're amateur soldiers in the rickety rebel army of Libyan opposition. They say they're united by one mission - to topple the regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
Since protests began in earnest in February, there has been no single, unifying figure in charge of the revolt. People of all ages and tribal affiliations have been taking part.
One man told CNN that when government forces began using live ammunition against the protesters, it turned the whole community against them.
With the rebels pushing west, gaining momentum and territory, a Libya without Gadhafi appears more likely by the day.
But whether democracy will follow is far from clear. Libya has long been a patchwork of tribes and rival sects, kept largely intact in the grip of Gadhafi's autocratic regime.
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