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U.S. Raid Spotlights Turmoil in Libya
A U.S. Special Forces raid on a rogue oil tanker transporting valuable crude from a rebel-held port in eastern Libya underscored the weakness of the government in Tripoli as it struggles to impose order across the nation nearly three years after the ouster of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
The tanker was intercepted on March 16 near Cyprus, having set sail from Libya a week earlier. Its departure from the port of Sidra triggered the exit of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan after lawmakers furious at his failure to stop the shipment passed a motion of no confidence in his leadership.