Taroudant, Morocco – The Obama administration has called on Morocco and Turkey to train the Libyan military.
More than two years after the toppling of former Libya’s strong man Moamar Gaddafi and the constitution of a new transition government, the North African country is still grappling with a fragile security situation. This is compounded by a weak military that has so far failed to extend its grip throughout a territory that has become a fertile ground for Al Qaeda operatives.
To help the Libyan government strengthen its authority, the American government has called on Morocco and Turkey to train the Libyan military.
According to the World Tribune, the Obama Administration is seeking the help of Morocco to rebuild Libya’s weak military.
“Between the four European partners, the U.S. and the Moroccans, they’ve committed to train up to 20,000 people in that force,” U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. David Rodriguez was quoted by the World Tribune as saying.
“The U.S. right now is waiting on money coming from the Libyan government to begin to fund the training in Bulgaria,” he added.
Morocco is major non-NATO US ally and is one of only 15 at the global level and two on the entire African continent.