Marine Corps General Says US Forces to Relocate Outside Libya

U.S. Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command, and Senior Leadership of the Libya External Office debark a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa in Tunisia on May 31, 2018. SPMAGTF-CR-AF deployed to conduct crisis-response and theater-security operations in Europe and North Africa. (Britni M. Garcia Green/U.S. Marine Corps)
U.S. Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command, and Senior Leadership of the Libya External Office debark a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa in Tunisia on May 31, 2018. SPMAGTF-CR-AF deployed to conduct crisis-response and theater-security operations in Europe and North Africa. (Britni M. Garcia Green/U.S. Marine Corps)

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. military officials say American forces will temporarily leave Libya three days after a renewed flareup of fighting between rival armed groups.

Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command, said in a statement Sunday "the security realities on the ground in Libya are growing increasingly complex and unpredictable."

He did not say where U.S. forces will relocate to.

Khalifa Hifter, leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army, announced Thursday his offensive on the capital city of Tripoli, the seat of Libya's U.N.-backed government, leading to fresh clashes with rival militias.

A showdown between Hifter's army and the militias could plunge Libya into another spasm of violence, possibly the worst since the 2011 civil war that toppled and later killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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