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Libyan army raids Tripoli to expel militia members

TRIPOLI, Libya — The military swept into the country’s capital Monday with dozens of pickup trucks mounted with antiaircraft guns to drive out militiamen in a raid hailed by Libyans frustrated with the numerous armed groups.

Libya is experiencing its strongest public uproar yet against militias, which have fueled lawlessness nationwide since the 2011 fall of longtime leader Moammar Khadhafy. The heavily armed groups, some led by Islamic extremist commanders, have defied control by the weak central government, carving out fiefdoms, acting as a law unto themselves, and imposing their control.

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