U.S. recruiting Libyan anti-militant force, rebel commander tells Reuters

Image: Jeremy Young/Flickr U.S. officials in Libya have begun to…

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U.S. officials in Libya have begun to look for recruits for a commando force which they plan to train to fight militants, a former commander of Libyan rebels who toppled Moammar Gadhafi said Tuesday.

After a wave of anti-American violence in the Arab world in September during which the U.S. ambassador to Libya died in an Islamist militant attack, President Barack Obama took measures to improve the security of U.S. diplomatic installations in the region.

A team of about 10 Americans from the embassy in Tripoli visited a paramilitary base in the eastern city of Benghazi 10 days ago to interview and get to know potential recruits, according to militia commander Fathi al-Obeidi.

“The American team asked us for a tour of our base and we granted them permission to walk around freely,” he told Reuters.

Source: Reuters via NBC News

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