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Jihadists gain hold after death of Khadafy

WASHINGTON — As the uprising closed in around him, Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy warned that if he fell, chaos and holy war would overtake North Africa. ‘‘Bin Laden’s people would come to impose ransoms by land and sea,’’ he told reporters. ‘‘We will go back to the time of Redbeard, of pirates, of Ottomans imposing ransoms on boats.’’

Recently that unhinged prophecy has acquired a grim new currency.

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