US negotiating agreement with Libya that could send US troops to Libya
Marine General Joseph Dunford, chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) is negotiating an agreement that could see U.S. military advisers deployed there to help fight the Islamic State (IS).
|There are already special forces from France, Jordan, the UK and the U.S. present in Libya. The U.S. is said to have "outposts" near Misrata and Benghazi helping out against the IS. Speaking to a handful of journalists after returning to the U.S. from Brussels, he said:|
“There’s a lot of activity going on underneath the surface. We’re just not ready to deploy capabilities yet because there hasn’t been an agreement. And frankly, any day that could happen.”
Britain would like to see the training of personnel take place in Libya itself, whereas Germany is adamant training should be conducted over the border in Tunisia.Dunford emphasized that a request was needed from the new government before any troops were sent. He said any mission to Libya was expected to be long term. So far the GNA has been asking for weapons and equipment rather than troops.
“We’re really dependent on the Government of National Accord to figure out who is with them and who is moving over toward them. Those are some of the things you can really only understand by watching how the GNA operates and how the different militias operate, whether it’s the Misratas, the Zintans or anybody else.”