Libya seeks U.S. training for general purpose force

Jan. 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Libya has asked the United States for general purpose force training and equipment and logistics support for it.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, in its required notification to Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sales Program deal, said the Libyan force to be trained would number 6,000-8,000 personnel.

Training services under the $600 million deal, would be for as long as eight years.

Included in the package would be facilities sustainment and improvements, personnel training and training equipment, 637 M4A4 carbines and small arms ammunition, U.S. government and contractor technical and logistics support services, organizational clothing and individual equipment.

"The proposed sale will enable Libya to develop, and train a general purpose force," the agency said. "The basic, collective and advanced training will be critical for establishing a professional and disciplined general purpose force used in protecting Libya's institutions, facilities, and personnel as well as keeping peace and security within Libya."

If the sale is approved, about 350 U.S. government and contractor personnel would be assigned for as much as eight years to conduct training at a site in Bulgaria.

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