February 21, 2015 1:51 PM

A Libya primer: Two governments’ battles leave a space for the Islamic State

The Internet posting of a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya by the Islamic State brought new attention to the chaos that has enveloped that country in the three years since a NATO air campaign helped rebels overthrow the government of Moammar Gadhafi. These questions and answers help explain the turmoil taking place.

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