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Statement for the Record Ambassador Gerald Feierstein Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs

Thank you, Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, and Members of the Committee for inviting me to discuss the situation in Libya today and the Administration’s response.

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Libya sparks Tunisia’s summer of concern

The village of Metouia, in the Tunisian southeast, in an unlikely late summer destination. Chemical pollution on the nearby coast and continued neglect of its date tree oases, since the 1970’s, have led to a steady decline of its appeal to outsiders. Throughout the years, it has been visited mainly …

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Libyans are bracing for civil war

In Libya, regional players have been battling for influence, reportedly supplying militias with weapons and even conducting secret military operations in the country. An alliance of Islamists militias reportedly took over Libya’s capital, Tripoli, on Aug. 23; soon after, they stormed and “secured” a U.S. embassy compound in the city. …

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OCHA Flash Update 1 – Fighting leads to large-scale displacement in Libya

  During July and August 2014, fighting between rival militias, originating from the towns of Misrata and Zintan, in Tripoli International Airport and other vicinities has led to civilian casualties and injuries and forced thousands to flee their homes. The deteriorating security situation has spread to other areas in the …

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