Libya sending ex-rebels abroad for police training

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Posted: Mar 19, 2012 2:25 PM
Libya sending ex-rebels abroad for police training

The Libyan government says it will send former rebels abroad to receive police training in an effort to rebuild the country's battered security forces.

The transitional government says more than 2,500 former rebels will be sent to Jordan and Turkey for the first round of training. No timetable was given.

Some 10,000 Libyans will eventually train in Jordan in several stages, the government said. More than 1,300 will be sent to Turkey, in accordance with signed agreements.

Both Turkey and Jordan threw their support behind the rebels who toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi's regime last year after months of civil war.

The Libyan government on Monday also approved changing the color of Libyan passports from green, symbolic of Gadhafi's rule, to dark blue.