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    • Arab Spring in Libya: The Merciless Destruction of a Once-Prosperous State
    • Arab Spring in Libya: The Merciless Destruction of a Once-Prosperous State
    • Arab Spring in Libya: The Merciless Destruction of a Once-Prosperous State
    • Arab Spring in Libya: The Merciless Destruction of a Once-Prosperous State
    • Arab Spring in Libya: The Merciless Destruction of a Once-Prosperous State
    • Arab Spring in Libya: The Merciless Destruction of a Once-Prosperous State
    • Arab Spring in Libya: The Merciless Destruction of a Once-Prosperous State
    • Arab Spring in Libya: The Merciless Destruction of a Once-Prosperous State
    • Arab Spring in Libya: The Merciless Destruction of a Once-Prosperous State
    • Arab Spring in Libya: The Merciless Destruction of a Once-Prosperous State
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    Muammar Gaddafi’s opponents gathered in Benghazi, the second largest Libyan city, and on February 15, 2011, demanded the release of lawyer and human rights activist Fathi Terbil. However, they didn't leave after he was set free; instead, they clashed with police. Security forces dispersed several hundred people chanting slogans against the authorities. Libyan media reported that 14 people received injuries during the clashes.

    Above: vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi explode after an air strike by coalition forces, along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah March 20, 2011.

    Libya's violent, deadly civil war broke out five years ago as part of the so-called 'Arab Spring' that engulfed much of the Middle East and North Africa; the conflict, which erupted between Muammar Gaddafi's government and its opponents, resulted in his public execution and the utter disintegration of the prosperous state he had established since taking power in 1969.

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