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U.S. Plans to Establish Diplomatic Mission in Libya

The United States is preparing to dispatch up to a dozen diplomats and intelligence officers to Libya to establish a U.S. mission that will help oversee the dismantling of the North African nation’s programs for weapons of mass destruction, U.S. officials said yesterday. The move would create the first U.S. diplomatic presence in Libya since May 1980, when a dozen American staff members closed the embassy and slipped out shortly before the building was sacked and burned. Several months before, angry mobs attacked the American mission in sympathy with the Iranian takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran the previous year. The planned return to Libya follows last month’s surprise announcement that the government of Moammar Gaddafi had conceded it was trying to develop the world’s deadliest weapons and was now pledging to destroy them in an effort to regain acceptance by the international community. Full Story

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