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Lessons from Libya

The country will offer a case study of what happens after IS suffers territorial defeat

By Charlie Askew  

Buildings destroyed by fighting in Sirte, Libya ©Manu Brabo/AP/Press Association Images

Far from the broken cities of Mosul and Raqqah, the future of Islamic State is playing out in the Libyan city of Sirte on the glittering Mediterranean. Sirte is best known for being the birthplace of Muammar Gadhafi, but IS declared a third arm of its caliphate from there in February 2015, heralding its arrival with the execution of 21 Coptic Egyptians on the beach. From this early indicator…

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