Well, if things weren’t sickening enough on the home front: Our military has been reduced to the role of an international observer as Obama-backed ISIS terrorists make inroads into yet more regions…
(CNSNews) – The Islamic State — ISIS/ISIL — is setting up training camps in eastern Libya, Army General David Rodriguez, head of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday.
“It’s mainly about people coming for training and logistics support right now. It’s for training sites, and that’s what we see right now. As far as a huge command-and-control network, I’ve not seen that yet.”
“So you’re seeing ISIS training sites in eastern Libya?” a reporter followed up.
“Uh-huh, yes,” Rodriguez said. (“They put training camps out there,” he repeated later.)
Asked how many fighters he’s talking about, Rodriguez said “somewhere around a couple hundred is the estimate,” but he emphasized that the estimate is not precise.
A reporter asked Rodriguez if ISIS also is starting to move into Western Libya, around Tripoli.
“We’re continuing to watch that,” Rodriguez replied. “The intelligence community has mixed reports no that right now. And — but we’re continuing to watch that. But most of it is over in the east right now.”
In a speech to the nation three years ago, President Obama explained his decision to order U.S. air strikes in Libya — without congressional authorization — to stop dictator Moammar Gaddafi from killing his own people.
“Of course, there is no question that Libya -– and the world –- would be better off with Qaddafi out of power,” Obama said on March 28, 2011.
But with militias fighting each other for power, and no experience with the institutions of government or civil society, Libya is now fractured and chaotic. U.S. and European efforts to create a functioning nation in post-Gaddafi Libya completely collapsed this past summer, when the State Department evacuated the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli because of fighting at the nearby international airport.
That fighting continues, Gen. Rodriguez told reporters on Wednesday:
“The challenge in Libya, of course, is the multiple militias, the multiple governments between the national convention, as well as the house of representatives and — quite frankly, a lot of confusion on the ground about who’s in charge and not.
“The effort over there by the former General Haftar, who has been fighting in the east, as well as Ansar al-Sharia…continues to go back and forth. It’s about who controls the airport, who controls some of the checkpoints. That continues to go back and forth…
“And ISIL has begun its efforts over in the east out there to introduce some people over there. But we’ll have to just continue to monitor and watch that carefully in the future to see what happens or whether it grows on, unabated.”
President Obama has said that borders will not stop the U.S. from going after ISIS/ISIL — so are the ISIL training camps in eastern Libya potential targets? a reporter asked Rodriguez:
“That — that, you know, policy discussion is ongoing, and we’ll see how that goes. But, no, not right now,” Rodriguez responded.
“We have to — we’re watching it very carefully to see how it develops and everything. Right now, it’s just small and very nascent. And we’ll just have to see how it goes.”
Rodriguez said he’s not sure who is going to the the training camps:
“Again, in Libya, you’ve got multiple Ansar al-Sharia strains…You’ve got a lot of different militias. You’ve got a lot of different organizations out there. And, again, I think what they’re trying to do is, again, just work the (ISIL) label and get some kind of support and everything, but we don’t have any precision on, you know, where the people are coming from that are being trained.”