The US military has acknowledged that its Special Operations troops are active in Libya, following a report which revealed their presence in the war-torn North African country.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that a number of US forces are providing direct, on-the-ground support to forces loyal to Libya’s unity government in a fight against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.
Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Gordon Trowbridge said on Wednesday a “small number” of American forces are going “in and out” of Libya.
“As with any military operation supporting another force, coordination and synchronization of effort is essential. To that end, a small number of US forces have gone in and out of Libya to exchange information with these local forces in established joint operations centers, and they will continue to do so as we strengthen the fight against [ISIL] and other terrorist organizations,” Trowbridge said.