Mood in Benghazi optimistic as authorities slowly defeat militants

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_LBY130208AA002.jpegBENGHAZI, Libya — Gunshots didn’t distract Nizar Al-Magrebi from the book he was reading in a cafe. The teenager was determined to better himself.

“The war made it clear to me how important it is to study hard to have a better life,” said Mr. Al-Magrebi, 18, who dreams of becoming an aeronautical engineer. “Cousins of mine died fighting the terrorists. I cannot give up. I should build a peaceful future in their tribute.”

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