US commander: IS has training camps in Libya

AP News
Posted: Dec 03, 2014 5:06 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. general says Islamic State militants have set up training camps in eastern Libya and the U.S. is monitoring them.

Army Gen. David Rodriguez, who heads U.S. Africa Command, told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday that there may be a couple of hundred fighters undergoing training at the sites, but details are sketchy.

He called this a "nascent" development that does not amount to a large or well-organized effort. He did not say how many camps are operating.

Asked whether the camps are a potential target for U.S. airstrikes, Rodriguez said a policy discussion within the U.S. government is ongoing, but the camps are not a target "right now." He said the U.S. has no troops on the ground in Libya.