A rebel fighter carrying a weapon is seen at his position outside the Bir-Ayyad gate near the city of Zintan in the western mountains, 120 km (75 miles) southwest of the capital Tripoli, July 23, 2011. REUTERS

Britain's decision to recognize the Libyan rebels as the country's sole legitimate government, and its subsequent move to expel Libyan diplomats loyal to Qaddafi, represents an important development for the Libyans trying to topple Gadhafi.

But while Western governments maneuver and apply diplomatic pressure, a genuine war is occuring in Libya, even if it has receded from public consciousness as the conflict settled into a long stalemate. Rebel fighters are still engaged in a daily life and death struggle, aided by the military backing of a NATO-led coalition. Sometimes pictures illustrate things better than words ever could. Scroll down to get a glimpse of the battle for Libya's future: