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Libyan militias parade through Tripoli

Libyan militias from towns throughout the country's west parade through Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday Feb. 14, 2012. This week, Libya will celebrate the one year anniversary of the start of the popular uprising that led to the ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi last October. Libyan militias from towns throughout the country's west parade through Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday Feb. 14, 2012. This week, Libya will celebrate the one year anniversary of the start of the popular uprising that led to the ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi last October. (AP Photo/ Abdel Magid Al Fergany)
By Rami Al-Shaheibi
Associated Press / February 14, 2012
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TRIPOLI, Libya—Thousands of fighters from across western Libya have held a mass parade in Tripoli, showing off heavy machine guns and rocket launchers and firing rifles in the air.

The procession Tuesday was a show of force by members of some 100 militias that announced a new, unified military council the day before.

It appeared intended as a warning to anyone who might stage attacks during celebrations this week of the one-year anniversary of the start of the uprising that ended with the death of Moammar Gadhafi last October.

Fears of pro-Gadhafi activities have mounted following a call by one of his sons for a new uprising.

The National Transitional Council that now rules Libya has struggled to control the hundreds of brigades that fought in the war.

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