Washington help Libya to form a force to combat terrorism

Posted on October 17, 2012


Requested congressional approval to allocate $ 8 million for this purpose
– October 16, 2012
Washington – AFP
Asked the U.S. administration congressional approval for the allocation of nearly eight million dollars to help Libya to form a unit of elite task forces to combat extremist groups, also announced a senior U.S. official in the defense Tuesday.

And will collect $ 6.2 million of these amounts from the Department of Defense (Pentagon), and $ 1.6 million from the State Department, according to documents from these two ministries dating back to August 24 / August and the fourth of September / September respectively.

The senior defense official, on condition of anonymity, told Agence France Pearson that the project “was being prepared before the Benghazi attack” on the U.S. consulate.

And raises killed the American ambassador in Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi / 11, more than a month debate about security measures applied in the country announcing the extremist groups several of its proximity to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

According to a senior official, it “is still to be approved by Congress” on this project aimed at strengthening “of Libya’s ability to fight al Qaeda threats and its subsidiaries and to defend itself.”

The project will allow especially the formation and processing power of the 500-strong Libyan elite troops, according to the newspaper “New York Times”.

Since the overthrow of the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and so far, the Libyan government relies on militia groups, including the Islamist militant groups, to establish security in the country.

This $ 7.8 million comes from the fund financed by the Pentagon and the State Department and the so-called “Global Fund to security emergencies”, which is dedicated to funding projects quickly.

The Foreign Ministry intends On the other hand, re-directing four million dollars had been earmarked in the past to help Pakistan in the fight against the Taliban, to improve the security situation on the Libyan border over three years, according to a report to the Congressional Research Service.
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