US: ISIL has training camps in eastern Libya

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

by

    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".


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR



    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Residents of long-neglected northwestern tribal belt say incorporation into Pakistan has left them in a vacuum.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".