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Libya seeks UN help, warns of collapse

The remains of a burnt airplane seen at the Tripoli International Airport in Libya on July 16, 2014Libya asked the United Nations for help Thursday to build up its security forces, with the foreign minister warning that his country could turn into a “failed state.” Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the UN Security Council to dispatch experts to train the country’s defense and police forces to ensure they can protect oil fields, airports and other vital sites. Libya has seen a surge of violence, with militias locked in fighting around Tripoli airport, which has been shut down amid growing fears of all-out civil war.

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