Goodbye Libya, and welcome to the Islamic Emirate of Benghazi?

There are unmistakeable echoes between the recent establishment of ‘the Islamic State’ across northern Iraq and parts of Syria by the Islamist group that now calls itself by the same name. Both have taken advantage of weak or non-existent governance to assert their own sovereignty. While the Ansar al-Sharia may not have formally pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and the global caliphate it seeks to impose, it has done pretty much everything else.

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