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US Army team heads to Libya to begin training prep

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Army official says a small team of soldiers will go into Libya in the coming weeks to begin preparations for a larger U.S. mission to train Libyan troops in Bulgaria.

The official says fewer than a dozen soldiers will go to Tripoli but that number could grow a bit as the group begins selecting the Libyan troops who will receive U.S. training. About 500 soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division will train 5,000 to 8,000 Libyan forces in basic combat skills as part of a larger international effort to improve security in the North African nation.

The training was announced late last year, but sending a team into Libya was not.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter by name.

Associated Press

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