Group of American military officers were forced to leave Libya after arriving to a military base near Zintan, to avoid clashes with local armed groups.
Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza, spokesperson for the PENTAGON said that “the arrival of the officers was in coordination with Libyan officials”, in response to reports claiming that the American officers arrived to Libya secretly.
She declared that “on 14 December, group of American officers arrived to Libya to strengthen relations with officials in the Libyan army”. She added “members of local armed group asked the officers to leave immediately, so they left to avoid any clashes. No accidents occurred”.
Pictures of the American officers wearing civilian cloths and holding arms were posted on Facebook pages. Comments said that “they are unwelcomed in Libya”.
Libya is witnessing chaos after the fall of Gaddafi regime in 2011. The Islamic State (IS) exploited the situation and controlled some areas.
The United States wages, from time to time, airstrikes in Libya targeting Al-Qaeda and the IS.