1. MILITARY AID

    U.S. to Set Up Libyan Commando Force

    TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY IMED LAMLOUM Libyan men inspect a destroyed building in Bani Walid, about 185 kilometers southeast of Tripoli , on October 11, 2012. Deadly clashes between armed groups rocked Bani Walid on October 10, 2012, a final bastion of support of slain Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, as a siege of the hilltop town was partially lifted, residents said. Fighters from Bani Walid -- a town still seen by many Libyans as never truly 'liberated' in last year's anti-Kadhafi revolt -- clashed with militiamen from the nearby city of Misrata who have encircled it in their search for killers of a former rebel credited with capturing the slain dictator last year. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The United States has set aside approximately $8 million to help Libya establish a quick-reaction commando force designed to take on Islamic extremists. Last month Congress approved the Obama administration’s plan to shift the money from counterterrorism aid to Pakistan to Libya, and American Special Operations Forces are expected to conduct the training. The program was in the works before Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were killed in Benghazi. The final plan hasn’t been approved, and many details, including the size and mission of the new unit, still need to be determined.

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