US Pulls Troops From Libya As Rivals Battle

Officials say where troops are going will be a secret

On Sunday African Command (AFRICOM) announced that US troops are being withdrawn from Libya to some undisclosed destination, citing the unpredictable security situation in the country as a reason for a temporary pullout.

Fighting near the capital city of Tripoli has been growing for awhile, but seems to have really taken off in southern Tripoli over the weekend, which led the US to decide that it would be easier for them to be someplace else right now.

Where the US troops are going is unclear, with AFRICOM saying that security reasons mean they can’t disclose where, and the spokesman saying that it is particularly important that ISIS doesn’t have a map of where US ground troops actually are.

US forces are most likely to be redeployed to Europe temporarily, of course, as there really aren’t a lot of stable AFRICOM operating nations where the troops wouldn’t risk being sucked into some other conflict.

Author: Jason Ditz

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