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What Qaddafi’s Fall Means for His Evil Minions in South America, Asia, and Africa

by Joshua Kurlantzick
August 29, 2011

Employees of the Libyan Embassy burn portraits of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at the embassy's garden in Buenos Aires August 23, 2011.

Employees of the Libyan Embassy burn portraits of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at the embassy's garden in Buenos Aires August 23, 2011 (Marcos Brindicci/Courtesy Reuters).

The fall of Muammar Qadaffi’s Libyan regime has sparked celebration across the country, and in many parts of the Middle East. But Qadaffi’s collapse will impact not only his country but also civil wars and insurgencies around the world. Since he seized power in the late 1960s, Qadaffi has been a major funder and trainer of insurgents from South America to South Africa to the southern Philippines. Now, with Qadaffi gone, many of these groups may have to rethink their strategies.

In the New Republic, I outline what Qadaffi’s fall means for his many insurgents around the world. You can read the piece here.

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