General Says Number of U.S. Troops in Libya Sufficient for Now


The Marine Corps general nominated to lead U.S. forces in Africa says the United States has a small number of troops on the ground in Libya and no more are needed “at the moment.”

In congressional testimony Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser says the troops are performing advisory roles.

But the general also tells the Senate Armed Services Committee he’s not aware that the United States has an “overall grand strategy” for Libya.

Libya’s unity government is overseeing an offensive against the country’s Islamic State affiliate in the militant group’s stronghold of Sirte.

If confirmed by the Senate, Waldhauser would replace Army Gen. David Rodriguez, who has been the top officer at Africa Command since 2013.

Waldhauser is currently serving as the Joint Staff’s director of joint force development.