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7 Years After 'Liberation,' The Only Thing Certain in Libya is The Uncertainty

7 Years After 'Liberation,' The Only Thing Certain in Libya is The Uncertainty by Nabih Bulos – Los Angeles Times

Dozens of people have been killed after days of violent clashes in the suburbs of Tripoli, with rival militias fighting fierce street battles for control of the Libyan capital.

The upheaval is the latest setback in the long running and highly chaotic effort to cobble together a government and restore stability after strongman Moammar Kadafi was toppled from power during the height of the “Arab Spring” in 2011.

Since Kadafi was ousted, dozens of militias and an Islamic State affiliate have engaged in turf wars for control of Libya’s cities, even as countries including France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Turkey and Egypt tried to intervene — their efforts usually only fueling the turmoil.

But the latest conflict is less about government authority than a power play for resources…

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