September 21, 2012

Libya Must Now Confront Salafists

Hanan Ghosheh, The National

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One thing has become painfully clear as Libyans absorb the shock of the September 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi: the security vacuum that made the killing of four Americans possible is the greatest single danger to the aspirations of Libya's revolution.

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The Salafi Moment Arrives
Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy
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September 21, 2012
A Salafist Trap in the Middle East
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The Sources of Salafi Conduct
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September 18, 2012
From Gaddafi to Benghazi
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That Gaddafi was capable of mass murder was certainly correct. The idea that Gaddafi would quickly fall proved incorrect. That a democracy would emerge as a result of the intervention proved the most dubious assumption of them... more ››
September 21, 2012
Obama's Shaky Libya Narrative
Eli Lake, The Daily Beast
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