Almost Dawn in Libya: A Shared War

Dark storm clouds and a raging sea greeted the photographer Bryan Denton when he first arrived in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. It was the afternoon of Feb. 24, 2011, just days after the city’s residents had expelled troops and officials loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, marking the birth of Libya’s uprising.

Thousands of jubilant Libyans thronged outside the Benghazi courthouse on the city’s seaside corniche. A stiff wind lifted a fine mist of ocean spray into the air. Mr. Denton was overwhelmed ...

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