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How militias took control of post-Gaddafi Libya

Toppling Muammar Gaddafi created a security vacuum that the new government filled with former freedom fighters. Now the trick is convincing them to put down their weapons.

TRIPOLI, Libya — Traffic crawled along a street just off the palm-lined Martyr’s Square, when a blaring loudspeaker atop a bus announced a demonstration calling for the reestablishment of the regular army and police and a push to secure the country’s lawless southern border region. The announcement is code in Tripoli for the rebuilding of a state to take back power from the dizzying array of armed groups that have usurped it.

Article by , GlobalPost.

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