US to train Libyan security forces

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Libya has been gripped by lawlessness following the 2011 uprising against the rule of the former dictator, Muammar Ghaddafi.

The United States is considering a decision to train 8,000 security forces in Libya as violence has increased in the country in recent days, according to a top officer at the United States Special Operations Command.

Speaking on Saturday at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, Commander, Adm. William H. McRaven said a final decision is yet to be made on the issue.

The US military�™s Africa Command, AFRICOM, will organize the overall mission, but it is not yet decided which countries would participate or where the trainings would take place, according to the New York Times.

Admiral McRaven and other officials noted that military trainings in a country like Libya can have unwanted consequences.

�œThere is probably some risk that some of the people we will be training with do not have the most clean record,” Admiral McRaven said. �œAt the end of the day, it is the best solution we can find to train them to deal with their own problems.”

�œWe�™re in discussions with Libyans on the exact number [of troops], but we�™re prepared to provide training for 5,000 to 8,000 personnel,” Spokesman Col. Steven Warren told reporters at the Pentagon. �œThis is essentially basic training.”

Some specialists have been sent to Libya to assess the situation from North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the alliance officials said. Bulgaria and Italy are possible choices for the location of training.

Libya has been gripped by lawlessness following the 2011 uprising against the rule of the former dictator, Muammar Ghaddafi.

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Source: Press TV