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U.S., Allies Considering Training Libyan Troops

Between 19,000 and 20,000 troops would initially receive training.

The United States could train up to 8,000 Libyan troops if the request from the government is approved.(Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Jordain Carney
December 16, 2013

The Libyan government has asked the United States to train between 5,000 and 8,000 troops in a push to boost the country's weakened government and military.

"We are discussing it with the Libyans," Chuck Prichard, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command, told USA Today.

Italy, Britain, and Turkey are also considering training Libyan forces outside of the country. In total, between 19,000 to 20,000 Libyan troops would initially receive training, said Frederic Wehrey, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

 

A decision hasn't been made on where, if the request were to be approved, the U.S. would engage in the training, Prichard said.

Africa Command noted that the training would be used for a "general purpose force" and would be paid for by the Libyan government.

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