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In this Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, photo, two Libyan girls run with national flags in front of the destroyed remnants of deposed leader Moammar Gadhafi's once-feared Bab al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli, Libya, on the anniversary of his fall. One year on, the country is still trying to overcome the legacy of one of the most erratic leaders of modern times as well as a brutal eight-month struggle that left the country awash in weapons, militias and very few viable institutions of state. (AP/Paul Schemm)

In this Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, photo, two Libyan girls run with national flags in front of the destroyed remnants of deposed leader Moammar Gadhafi's once-feared Bab al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli, Libya, on the anniversary of his fall. One year on, the country is still trying to overcome the legacy of one of the most erratic leaders of modern times as well as a brutal eight-month struggle that left the country awash in weapons, militias and very few viable institutions of state. (AP/Paul Schemm)

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