U.S. Pulls Forces from Libya as Fighting Approaches Capital


The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to “security conditions on the ground,” as the Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, has launched a surprise offensive against the capital Tripoli, clashing with rival militias. A small contingent of American troops has been in Libya in recent years, helping local forces combat Islamic State and al-Qaida militants, as well as protecting diplomatic facilities.

India also evacuated a small contingent of peacekeepers. The Indian foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, said the country’s 15 Central Reserve Police Force peacekeepers were evacuated from Tripoli because the “situation in Libya has suddenly worsened” and fighting has moved into the capital city.

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Associated Press