U.S. Plans To Train Thousands of Libyan Soldiers

(Washington, DC) -- A senior U.S. military official says there are plans to train up to eight-thousand Libyan soldiers. Admiral William H. McRaven says the U.S. would train members of the Libyan security forces and also special operations forces who can carry out counter-terrorism missions. Libya has struggled to keep order in the two years since the late Muammar Gaddafi was ousted. Rival militias and hardline Islamists have refused to disarm and violence in Libya has been on the rise. Officials say it hasn't been decided which nations will be involved in the training or where it will take place.

McRaven is the head of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He spoke about the plans at a defense forum over the weekend in California.