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    US Africa Command (AFRICOM) commander Thomas D. Waldhauser said that the decision to redeploy US forces was made "due to increased unrest". According to him, the situation in Libya has deteriorated and American troops are no longer safe there.

    Libyan media released footage showing the temporary redeployment of the US Africa Command's military personnel. 

    READ MORE: US Evacuates Personnel From Libya Due To Increased Unrest — Report

    Fighting in Libya escalated on Thursday after the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, launched an offensive to retake Tripoli, which is controlled by the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

    AFRICOM led a 2016 bombardment campaign to dislodge Daesh* elements in the country and has maintained a special operations mission there that assists the GNA in counter-terrorism efforts.

     

    * A terrorist organisation banned in Russia

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