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US Special Operations Command: Libya to Be Next Daesh Battleground

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US Special Operations Command is paying increased attention to Libya and working out ways to keep the country from becoming a new Daesh stronghold, its commander said Wednesday.

Military commanders have intensified their warnings recently regarding a threat coming from members of the Daesh extremist group in Libya. The head of US Special Forces Command, General Joseph Votel, said there have long been concerns that the militants were expanding their presence in the country.

"There is a concern about Libya," he said at a conference in Washington this week, adding that, "It can't all be about Iraq and Syria."

In October, a Defense Intelligence Agency expert said that Libya has become a new target for Daesh, and is intended to be used as "the hub to project themselves across all of North Africa."

There have been reports that Daesh sent its key leader in Iraq, Abu Omar, to Libya to enhance the terrorist group's influence in the town of Sirte as well as to prepare a potential asylum for Daesh leaders currently in Syria and Iraq. Recruits have reportedly been pouring into the country weekly since Turkey tightened its border with Syria.

Votel, who has been nominated to take over US Central Command, said at the conference that American special operators will continue conducting reconnaissance missions and collecting data, as part of an effort to keep Daesh from growing more powerful in the region.

"In order to address this threat holistically, we do have to do activities and pursue objectives that allow us to tamp down on it," he said, including to, "prevent it, and destroy it in areas where it is not wholly grown or beginning to metastasize so that we can bring that area back to legitimate local control."

According to the general, United States special operations forces (SOF) is currently engaged in non-combat operations.

"One of the things that SOF can do," in Libya, he said, is, "continue to understand the lay of the land there. One of the things that we are trying to focus on is to understand the human domain, understand the personalities, the leaders who carry weight in particular areas."

Votel also asserted that US SOF will continue to build up the ability of allies in Libya to combat Daesh on their own, while admitting it would be a challenge, as there is currently no functional government in the country, and various militias in Libya are unreliable and poorly organized.

"It is a challenge in Libya," he said, but, "not impossible."    

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  • vendorin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
    ivanwa88, whether it is their crap or not it proves one thing only - they are certified crap masters! of global proportions.
  • vendor
    This is the lingo they use;

    In order to address this threat holistically - meaning they are in the process or will be implementing a comprehensive and well thought strategies with minimal or no error. they are that good!

    we do have to do activities and pursue objectives that allow us to tamp down on it,- nothing specific but a broad range of steps that can be anything they want not what is legitimate and in accordance with the International law.

    "prevent it, and destroy it in areas where it is not wholly grown or beginning to metastasize so that we can bring that area back to legitimate local control." - Not only that they deny that they contributed to it, they simply ignore it altogether and now they are in the humanitarian phase to prevent it from happening on an organic, pure almost altruistic level where by their clinical and methodical approach the disease won't permeate but will be surgically removed making them not only specialists but overall good human beings who care about the welfare and well-being of local governments and their liberated subjects in the free US colony in North Africa or the ME.
  • ivanwa88
    Perhaps we could start a global campaign call it the 'crap busters'. no more American crap outside of US. Ban all outgoing flights for a start!
  • ivanwa88
    Whew vendor that was a enlightening piece just posted! did your wife help you? excellent piece well said.
  • vendorin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
    ivanwa88, as a matter of fact my wife keeps a watchful eye over me at all times in order to help me address this issue holistically and when I do activities or pursue objectives that allow me to post, analyse or debate the subjects that are not wholly expanded or the subjects that are beginning to metastasize in an unwanted or unintended direction so that I can bring the subject back within the accepted online norms. Or something along these lines :)
  • michael
    so, they are admitting to being at the reconnaissance stage in Libya. Was he the one reported to be attending the NATO bunfight a day or so ago?
  • michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, and that's the difference between the us army and the other armies of the world, they're altruistic! You know, that was never taught to us in the Australian army - not one word! wow! :)
  • michaelin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
    ivanwa88, what are we missing here?:)
  • michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, mine too, because she's the native Russian! :)
  • ivanwa88
    michael not much just a bit of raz between the vendor and the purchaser.
  • ivanwa88
    vendor a rare and untouchable day for you chalk it up you have reached your straps, or did I mean reached for them! hehe good giggle eh. Vendor I get there is a few of you that know each other from Australian army what was your outgoing rank?
  • vendorin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, my wife isn't but I do subscribe to the Eastern European beauty as they are the most beautiful and most feminine type.
  • vendorin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
    ivanwa88, when you say so. I will cherish the occasion, revere your words, and have it engraved on a part of my body where it will always remind me of your kindness :)
  • Zhukov
    Put the Pentagon and Daesh in the same cage.
  • cast235
    They KICKED U.S out. And don't want NATO. The creators of DAESH. they using it in Libya to gain resources, Reason they so DESPERATE in Syria, willing to go to war with Russia if need be, to get Russia OUT.
    Russia could prepare same operation in Libya. Just talk with them. No weapons sales UNLESS Russia in there.
  • michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, I can't argue with you there! :)
  • michaelin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
    ivanwa88, ah yes, so I see :)
  • professor.hornblow
    Libya needs a unifying leader, someone to bring together the various factions, someone to bring peace and prosperity, someone to restore the intellectual and cultural status, someone respected by the Arab world, someone like... Muammar Gaddafi.
  • vendorin reply toprofessor.hornblow(Show commentHide comment)
    professor.hornblow, when are you going to wake up?
  • The heading is self explanatory.The US is no longer making money in Syria so they're taking the er Deash money printing machine to Libya and elsewhere.
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