The United States is considering a request to train 5,000 to 8,000 Libyan troops outside the country as part of a broad international effort to strengthen Libya’s weak central government and assert control over well-armed militias.

“We are discussing it with the Libyans,” Chuck Prichard, a spokesman for Africa Command, said of the request from the Libyan government. No decision has been made on where the U.S. training would take place.

Other countries, including Italy, Britain and Turkey, are also working on plans to train Libyans outside the country’s borders as part of the effort. […]