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article imageU.S. and Italy to train new Libyan security force

By Andrew Ellis     Dec 3, 2013 in World
As the crisis in Libya gets worse it seems the United States and its allies have agreed with at least one way to try and curb the country's current state.
According to, the United States and Italy plan to train a new Libyan security force in an attempt to "stem" the instability in the country.
The Washington Post reported that U.S. officials are hoping that this new military-trained Libyan force, known right now as the General Purpose Force, will be the start of the country's first national army. They're initial duties will be to protect "vital government installations and the individuals struggling to to make this country run."
Speaking at a defense forum at the Reagan Presidential Library in California, Adm. William McRaven who also heads the U.S. Special Operations Command remarked that the United States will train 5,000 to 7,000 "conventional troops as well as counterterrorism forces," according to CNN. Training will take place in Europe.
One of the challenges Adm. McRaven acknowledged in going forward with this plan was trying to make sure there was no influence from the heavily-armed militias currently in Libya, according to PressTV. McRaven said that they are going to have to assume some risks when training the Libyan troops.
He also said, according to CNN:
"As a country, we have to say there is probably some risk that some of the people we will be training with do not have the most clean record. At the end of the day, it is the best solution we can find to train them to deal with their own problems."
This plan comes two years after NATO lead an air strike to overthrow Gadhafi. Since then, Libya has experienced widespread unrest with very little security, according to CNN.
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