‘Smart diplomacy’ update: Benghazi now a ‘training hub’ for Islamist fighter

‘Smart diplomacy’ update: Benghazi now a ‘training hub’ for Islamist fighter

Washington Examiner

It’s been two years now since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and President Obama’s supporters in the foreign policy community hailed the U.S.-backed effort as a triumph of “smart diplomacy,” in contrast to what they saw as the Iraq “fiasco.”

So how are things in Libya now? Let’s check in with McClatchy correspondent Nancy A. Youssef, who writes from Benghazi:

“Every week, about a dozen Syrians arrive at Benghazi’s airport for what’s described as insurgent training. When they fly out, they’re carrying fake Libyan passports, according to three officials familiar with the comings and goings of foreigners at the airport.

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“The accounts of the officials, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the topic, are more evidence that this city in Libya has become a regional hub for Islamist extremists seeking to hone their combat skills.”

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