U.S. Military Prepared to Provide Libya with Training and Equipment
The U.S. military is "prepared to support" a train-and-equip mission to fight the thousands of Islamic State militants in Libya when the Libyan government is ready for it, the head of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said Tuesday.
AFRICOM commander General David Rodriguez added that Libya's internal politics have made it unclear which armed groups are fighting alongside the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), leaving the U.S. "really dependent" on the Libyan interim government to determine "who is with them and who is moving over to them."
Libya is under a U.N. arms embargo, imposed to keep lethal weapons away from terrorists and militias vying for power.
However, a joint communique issued after international talks Monday in Vienna signaled that international powers, including the U.S., are set to provide arms and support to the Libyan government to fight Islamic State.
IOC: 31 Athletes From 2008 Olympics Test Positive for Doping
In a major crackdown of Olympic drug cheats, the International Olympic Commission announced that 31 athletes could be banned from this year's Olympic Games in Rio after a re-testing of their samples from the 2008 Olympic Games, came back positive for banned substances.
The IOC says it has begun disciplinary actions against the 31 athletes who come from 12 countries and competed in six sports in the Beijing Games.
The positive tests came amid a recent re-testing of 454 doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. IOC officials say they are also awaiting results from re-testing of 250 samples from the 2012 Games in London.
The IOC says the testing focused on athletes who could compete in August at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
"All those athletes infringing anti-doping rules will be banned from competing at the Olympic Games," the IOC said in a statement on its website.
The IOC says it will also undertake a wider re-testing program of medalists from the Beijing and London games. Samples of athletes who could be awarded medals after the disqualification of others will also be re-tested.
The IOC said it has also called on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to launch a "fully fledged investigation" into allegations that drug testing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was subverted by Russian officials.