U.S. Africa Command’s plan to train Libyan military forces is on hold given escalating clashes among rival militias that the country’s U.N. ambassador warned Wednesday could plunge the country into civil war.

The training, initially scheduled for the summer, was pushed back and now will not happen before next year.

“We are still analyzing the new conditions and our capabilities in order to accurately assess our way ahead,” said Tom Saunders, an AFRICOM spokesman. “We had planned to begin training by the end of this year, but that timeline will probably shift to next year.” […]