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U.S. to Help Create an Elite Libyan Force to Combat Islamic Extremists

posted on October 17, 2012

Eric Schmitt of The New York Times reports on efforts by the Pentagon and State Department to begin building an elite Libyan force which, as the State Department explained in an internal memo, would serve to enhance “Libya’s ability to combat and defend against threats from Al Qaeda and its affiliates.” The program, they argue, is needed in an unstable post-Qaddafi Libya and has the potential to seek out Islamic extremists. However, it’s expensive and will be challenged on “how to get the powerful militias to buy into it while taming their influence,” writes Schmitt. 

Read at The New York Times