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NATO OKs small defense advisory mission for Libya

October 21, 2013

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO says it is setting up a small team of experts to advise Libya in building the country’s defense institutions.

Carmen Romero, a spokeswoman for the defense alliance, said ambassadors from NATO’s 28 member countries on Monday granted the request first made by Libyan authorities in May.

She says the team won’t have a permanent base in Libya but will operate from Brussels and comprise “no more than 10 people.”

Libya has been in turmoil since the end of a civil war that ousted and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, with the new security forces still struggling to assert their control over the vast, mostly barren North African country.

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