A Libyan rebel stands on a picture of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in 2011. Sunday marked the second anniversary of the capture and killing of Gadhafi after an eight-month revolt against his four-decade rule backed by NATO air strikes. (Patrick Baz / AFP)
LUXEMBOURG — NATO said Monday it is sending advisers to Libya to help Tripoli strengthen its security set-up amid chaos two years after the killing of Moammar Gadhafi.
With experts fearing civil war, the Western alliance “agreed to respond positively to the request made by the Libyan Prime Minister for NATO to provide advice on defense institution building in Libya”, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.
He said that the defense organization “will establish a small advisory team to conduct this effort” following Tripoli’s request in June.
Rasmussen expressed mounting concern two weeks ago when Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was briefly abducted.
Gadhafi’s 40-year dictatorship ended after Britain and France led the creation of a NATO no-fly zone in 2011.
The European Union recently sent trainers into Libya aiming to sharpen air, sea and land border controls.