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Libya's violent free-for-all

TRIPOLI, Libya - On paper, Libya should be booming. It's one of the world's top 10 countries in oil reserves. It has more than a thousand miles of coastline on the Mediterranean. And it serves as a vital conduit linking Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

But since the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011, when rebel forces, augmented by NATO airstrikes and enforcement of a no-fly zone, toppled the country's longtime ruler, Col. Moammar Gadhafi, the northern African nation has lurched from one crisis to another.

Rather than Libya having money to burn, rival Libyan fighters have done little more than use it to

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