100 British special forces soldiers are in Tripoli Naval Base to protect Presidential Council

  • The Sunday Times |
  • Sunday 17 April 2016

© James Vellacot / Reuters

ABOUT 100 British special forces troops are in Libya helping to protect its new leadership and advising local forces on fighting Isis as the UK and NATO gear up for a larger military intervention.

British and American intelligence officers “with suitcases full of cash” are bribing tribal leaders not to oppose an international ground force, sources say.

A United Nations-brokered ceasefire has allowed the formation of a “unity” government intended to replace two warring administrations — one in Tripoli, the other in Tobruk — that had emerged since the downfall of Colonel Gadaffi in 2011.

Fayez Al-Serraj, the prime minister-designate, and other members of Libya’s new presidential council arrived in Tripoli by boat last month amid fears they would be shot down if they tried to fly in.

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