U.S. Withdraws Troops From Libya Amid Rise In Violence

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The U.S. military withdraw a contingent of troops from Libya over the weekend amid rising violence in the capital city of Tripoli, America’s top commander for Africa said.

“The security realities on the ground in Libya are growing increasingly complex and unpredictable,” Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said in a statement.

“Even with an adjustment of the force, we will continue to remain agile in support of existing U.S. strategy.”

Tensions in the country have risen since rogue Libyan military commander, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, ordered his forces to attack the government in Tripoli on Thursday.

Fighting, including airstrikes, has continued throughout the weekend.

Haftar’s attempt to seize power come as the nation continues to be in disarray since former dictator Muammar Qaddafi was deposed in 2011.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement Sunday expressing concern over the situation in Libya and condemning Haftar’s offensive.

“The United States is deeply concerned about fighting near Tripoli. We have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital,” he said. “This unilateral military campaign against Tripoli is endangering civilians and undermining prospects for a better future for all Libyans.”

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