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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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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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