Libyan protestors gather to show their support to the General National Congress, the country's highest political authority, in Tripoli's Algeria square on February 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA
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France on Monday ruled out Western military action against Islamist fighters in southern Libya for the time being, rebuffing an appeal for intervention from neighboring Niger.Niger last week called on the West to finish the job they started in Libya by dealing with the Islamists who have established bases in the south since the 2011 overthrow of former dictator Moamer Kadhafi.In an annual intelligence report published in December, the United States said southern Libya had become an "incubator" for terrorism in a "hothouse" region and described a possible intervention as "within the bounds of the possible".
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