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What Libya's militia problem means for the Middle East, and the U.S.
What Libya's militia problem means for the Middle East, and the U.S.

President Obama has lamented not doing more to follow up on the 2011 intervention in Libya. As the U.S. builds its military campaign against Islamic State, extending airstrikes into Syria, it is not too late for Washington and its allies to heed the lessons from Libya. Even in a post-Islamic State and post-Bashar Assad world, Syria would still have to manage the many other militias battling for control. Not all militias are extremist; nonetheless, their very existence will severely complicate the effort to build any new institutional order. Just ask the Libyans, whose country is now teetering on the brink of disintegration. When Libya ousted Moammar Kadafi with NATO assistance, it...

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