Libya has become a “magnet” for terrorists since the U.S.-led ouster of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, a Pentagon official said in testimony Wednesday.

“Clearly Libya has become a magnet…for extremists, terrorists to go there,” said Derek Chollet, assistant secretary of Defense for international security affairs. “It’s a vacant lot in many places in Libya.”

Administration officials who testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee said the U.S. is spending more than $100 million on aid to Libya, but are having difficulty rebuilding the country due to a lack of security for American personnel. […]