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Militants take US compound in Libya that had been evacuated

Demonstrators rallied in favor of the coalition of fighters called the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council in Benghazi Friday.

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Demonstrators rallied in favor of the coalition of fighters called the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council in Benghazi Friday.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — An Islamist-allied militia group says it has ‘‘secured’’ a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya’s capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting.

An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside. Windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched.

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A commander for the Dawn of Libya group said his forces had entered and been in control of the compound since last week.

A video posted online showed men playing in a pool at the compound. In a message on Twitter, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Safira Deborah said the video appeared to have been shot in at the embassy’s residential annex.

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