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Britain Considering Sending Troops to Libya

The Address | Benghazi, Libya

LIBYA – Britain is considering sending military troops to Libya to train counterterrorism units at the request of forces under the Tripoli-based National Accord government, the Daily Mail newspaper reported.

The newspaper quoted the head of the anti-terrorism force under the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Mohammed al-Zein, saying that they had applied to the British Government to help them in teaching new skills to a unit specialized in fighting terrorism, amid fears that members of IS (Daesh) are trying to regroup in the Libyan Desert.

The newspaper reported that the deployment of British military forces for training may require large forces to protect them, and when Britain was considering sending military forces to train in Libya in 2016, the plan included only one-third of the troops for training, the rest were for protection.

The newspaper quoted British security sources, not mentioned, that the Libyan request has not reached them yet, but will be considered, and indicated that the training in Libya is possible.

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