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U.S. To Train Thousands Of Libyan Soldiers

The United States is planning to train 5,000 to 8,000 Libyan soldiers in the effort to improve security in the oil-rich North African nation.

Pentagon spokesman Steve Warren said on November 18 that the training, which was requested by Libya's prime minister, would be carried out in NATO-member Bulgaria.

Warren said talks are still under way to figure out the exact number of Libyans to be trained and when the program will start.

The training is part of a larger U.S. and international effort to shore up security in the country in the aftermath of the 2011 fall of dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

On November 16, Admiral William McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, said over the weekend that there were also plans to train a separate counterterrorism Libyan unit.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP