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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.

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 …

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. …