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Islamist Militia Claims To Have 'Secured' U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya

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The US flag flutters for the first time in 30 years outside the US embassy in Tripoli during a flag-raising ceremony on May 13, 2009. Relations had worsened between Washington and Tripoli after a Pan Am flight was blown up by Libya over Lockerbie, Scotland during a London to New York trip in 1988, killing 270 people. After being severed in 1981, US-Libyan relations were restored in early 2004, a few weeks after Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi announced Tripoli was abandoning efforts to acquire weap | MAHMUD TURKIA via Getty Images
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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — An Islamist-allied militia group says it has "secured" a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya's capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting.

An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside. Windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched.

A commander for the Dawn of Libya group said his forces had entered and been in control of the compound since last week.

A video posted online showed men playing in a pool at the compound. In a message on Twitter, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Safira Deborah said the video appeared to have been shot in at the embassy's residential annex.

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