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Libya Militia Starts Tripoli Withdrawal After Clashes

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November 18, 2013 AT 3:30 AM
Libyan militia fighters blamed for the worst unrest in Tripoli since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi began pulling out of the capital on Monday, and Libyan army units moved in to secure their areas, government officials said. Clashes between rival militias in Tripoli last week killed dozens of people, highlighting Libya's struggle to curb former fighters and hardline Islamists who refuse to disarm two years after helping oust Gaddafi in an uprising backed by NATO bombs. The withdrawal of some of Libya's powerful militias from the capital may ease tensions temporarily.