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Since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's regime, changes in tribal allegiances have accompanied the fight over resources and power across an intensely fractured Libya. These local conflicts have now been cast into the divisive, larger political context in Libya, with its two governments, parliaments, assorted fighting forces and ideologies.In 2012, during Libya's post-revolutionary national elections, both communities, living side-by-side in Sebha's impoverished Tuyuri neighborhood, were exuberant in casting votes for future power in a new Libya.Misratan military forces then moved in, installing Tuareg fighters – both from Libya, as well as those returned from the war in Mali – to secure the perimeter.Oil profits are evenly distributed through Libya's central bank, which remains autonomous – for now.In the absence of a stable Libyan government, rule of law, and working border guard, the United States has opened two military bases in neighboring Niger to run surveillance flights, claiming they have evidence of ISIS training camps in the northeast, and French troops have moved closer to Libya's border.
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