US: ISIL has training camps in eastern Libya

Top US general in Africa confirms that ISIL has set up training camps in eastern Libya.


    In a briefing for reporters that was supposed to be about progress against Ebola, the top US general in Africa confirmed that ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has set up training camps in eastern Libya. 

    AFRICOM Commander General David Rodriguez said ISIL has taken advantage of the political chaos in Libya to "introduce" fighters into the eastern part of the country. 

    "It's mainly about people coming for training and logistic support right now, for training sites, and that's what we see right now. As far as a huge command and control network I've not seen that yet," General Rodriguez said. "The numbers are somewhere around a couple hundred is the estimate but again we don't have a specific precise assessment of that right now."

    He also said it was unclear how many were foreign fighters and how many were homegrown: "What they're trying to do is work the label, and get some kind of support and everything but we don't have any precision on where the people are coming from that are being trained."

    Asked if he envisioned American air strikes against the camps akin to action in Syria and Iraq, General Rodriguez said that "policy discussion is ongoing".



    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    The US exaggerating and obsessing about foreign threats seems quite similar to what is happening in Russia.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months