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Qaddafi, actuality, air force, navy, security forces

After Qaddafi came to power, he consolidated the Royal Libyan Army (in which he had served) and the larger and better equipped provincial police and security forces into one national military force. In the 1980s he claimed to have disbanded much of the regular standing army in favor of civilian militia units, a policy of “arming the people.” In actuality, this “People’s Army” serves as an adjunct to the regular military. In 2001 the regular military establishment included an army of 45,000 members, a navy of 8,000, and an air force of 23,000.



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