Boys, carrying flags, sit on a tank in Benghazi, March 19, 2014, during the third anniversary of an attack by pro-Gadhafi forces on Benghazi. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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Libya's government announced Thursday it was mobilizing its security forces after acknowledging for the first time that "terrorist groups" were behind dozens of attacks against security services and Westerners.Three years after a revolution toppled long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi and left the country awash with guns, near-daily attacks continue unchecked across Libya. Eastern Libya has become a bastion of Islamist extremists, with authorities until now avoiding a full-blown confrontation with heavily armed former rebels pending the formation of a regular army and police force.Allagui said the government faced an uphill battle as militants who have until now mainly targeted the security forces and Westerners could swing their sights on civilians and public places.Ansar al-Sharia is suspected of waging attacks against judges and security forces, but also of being behind attacks on Western interests such as a 2012 assault on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.
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