Security forces surround Corinthia hotel after a car bomb in Tripoli January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
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A bitter tug-of-war between Islamists vying for power and influence was behind this week's deadly assault on a top Libyan hotel that was claimed by ISIS, experts say.The attack on such a high-profile target in the heart of Tripoli underscored the fragile security situation in the capital, which is controlled by a patchwork of militias mostly allied with one of the two governments claiming to rule Libya.Fajr Libya took control of Tripoli in mid-2014 and is jostling for power with the internationally backed government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani, which was forced to flee to the remote east.Experts say rival Islamist factions inside Libya as well as global jihadi groups have been locked in a battle for control of the oil-rich country since the toppling of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 .
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