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Thursday
Sep122013

Libya Still in Turmoil After Gadhafi

Salah Malkawi/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Libyans had high hopes for their future when dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and brutally killed two years ago.  However, things did not turn out the way they expected, with the country still in the midst of turmoil.

Evidence of how bad things have gotten was made clear a year ago when suspected al-Qaeda linked militants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The assailants remain at large and the White House is still dealing with the fallout from the incident.

But for as much trouble the consulate attack has caused the Obama administration, it's far worse living in Libya, where the government and military are weak and terrorists and criminals seem to act with impunity, according to Middle East analysts and Libyans.

Violence is on the rise as Islamic militias, who were armed during the revolution that toppled Gadhafi, may be in cahoots with outside terror groups that can pass freely over Libya's porous borders.

Even Deputy Interior Minister Sadik Abdel-Karim admits the security situation in Libya is "deteriorating."

Most feel that until the central government and judiciary are stabilized and the army and police get organized, the bad times in Libya will only continue.

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