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AFRICOM POSTPONES TRAINING FOR LIBYAN TROOPS
Friday, August 29, 2014

Source: DefenceWeb.com

NEWTOWN, Conn. - U.S. Africa Command's plan to train Libyan military forces was put on hold due to the escalating clashes among rival militias. The training, initially scheduled for the summer, was pushed back and now will not happen before next year.

Libya's ongoing clashed have gotten so severe that the country's United Nations ambassador warned August 27 that the country is well on its way to causing a full-scale civil war if armed rebel factions are not disarmed. The 15-nation council met to discuss Libya days after its parliament, which was replaced in an election in June, reconvened and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as the new prime minister. That left the country with two rival leaders and assemblies, each backed by armed factions.

During the U.N. meeting, the Security Council adopted a resolution tightening an arms embargo and calling for an immediate ceasefire.

Fighting in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi continues to worsen since the 2011 civil war that ended four decades of Col. Muammar al-Qadhafi's rule, increasing international worries Libya is becoming a failed state. One of the major drivers of this insecurity issue is the country's weak civil society, as serious weapons remain in civilian hands. Former rebels are still outside the state's control and security, and mistrust and score-settling issues are widespread. Militants are reluctant to give up their weapons (along with the power that comes with them), and ultimately, they are refusing to submit to a central control.

Source:  Forecast International - International Military Markets
Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: August 29, 2014
Author: N. Auger, Africa Analyst 
Posted: 08/29/2014
 

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