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Picking at the Tangled Knot of Libya

Mar 15, 2017 | 00:59 GMT
The fractures in Libya's convoluted network of alignments grow deeper as outside powers mediate.
Libyans in Tripoli demonstrate against Khalifa Hifter and in support of the Benghazi Defense Brigades. The country's divisions are only growing, and every major actor in the region wants a say in what comes next.
(MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

In the five years since the ouster of longtime strongman ruler Moammar Gadhafi, Libya has fractured into pieces. Competing governments and associated rival militias wrestle for power, allowing jihadist militants to establish themselves. And the fractures in the country's convoluted network of alignments grow deeper as outside powers mediate....

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