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2,000 Libyan troops to be trained in the UK

Up to 2,000 Libyan troops will be brought to the UK for training, the Government announced today.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said the troops would be trained by the British Army at Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire.

Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire, where the Libyan troops will be trained. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The courses, which will run for 10 weeks, are set to focus on basic infantry skills and junior leadership training.

The Libyan government will cover the costs of the training and has guaranteed all those successfully trained in Britain will be returned to Libya and reintegrated into the Libyan Armed Forces.

Mr Hague told MPs in a written statement that all the trainees will be fully vetted, with checks on their medical, physical and behavioural suitability carried out by the Libyan authorities.