U.S. Marines moved closer to Libya as 9/11 anniversaries approach
September 9th, 2013
04:19 PM ET

U.S. Marines moved closer to Libya as 9/11 anniversaries approach

Scores of U.S. Marines have been moved closer to Libya this week as part of an overall effort to beef up any potential security response, CNN has learned, as the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack approaches along with the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Two U.S. officials told CNN that in the past few days, 250 combat-ready Marines have moved from their base in Moron, Spain, to the U.S. naval installation at Sigonella, Italy. That would enable them to reach Tripoli, the capital of Libya, in three to four hours in the event of a crisis.

The officials declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information. Another 250 combat-ready Marines remain at Moron for backup.

In addition, about three dozen Marines from a highly specialized embassy guard unit have been sent to augment security at several embassies in the region, one of the officials said. He declined to specify embassy locations due to security concerns. This unit, which can quickly deploy forces, is separate from the regular guard force the Marines provide to embassies around the world.

Both officials emphasized the moves are more focused on the period around 9/11 rather than anything related to a potential military strike against Syria. Although no direct threats about 9/11 are known to have been made, the current "high threat" potential timeframe both officials described is likely to last for at least another week. The U.S. embassies in Tripoli and in Sanaa, Yemen, are already guarded by a more heavily armed Marine force than in other countries.

In addition, the USS San Antonio with, 300 combat Marines on board, is staying in the eastern Mediterranean to be ready to respond if needed.

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  1. mike

    WIll this lay bare the truth or fallacy of Operation Orchard?

    September 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  2. Paul

    Sounds like Cmmander in Chief doesn't want to get caught with his pants down again. The man has destroyed the military, but at the same time calls on it to save his face in the media. What a wad.

    September 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  3. Mhtrhk Ddukjh

    THE US IS MOVING FORWARD...

    September 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  4. Mhtrhk Ddukjh

    THATS RIGHT...

    September 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  5. MAN

    I am a resident of the eastern region in Libya, told the age of 43 employees, the areas are outside the control of the State and in particular the city of dirt where controlled by extremists and carrying out the assassination of political activists like myself and the assassination of army officers to prevent the establishment of the national army have a lot of information.

    September 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • Abu Aiyad

      Why you invent such lies about the eastern part of Libya which is living real democracy.There isn't any problem in this prosperous part of Libya. no political assassinations took place since the blessed 17 Feb revolution.
      the eastern part is fully secure, and Islamic groups manged to keep it secure, and all ppl highly appreciating the efforts done by them to maintain peace and security.
      so don't try to misguide the media by such allegations which is fake and groundless.
      Obama will never think to disturb this stable part or launch and military strike. he should attack Syrian regime which is killing our brothers fighting under Syrian Free Army. and he should provide them with highly sophisticated modern weapons to topple the Bashar regime, and we will be grateful to him and praise him in our prayers.

      September 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  6. MUSA

    TEST

    September 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  7. Mhtrhk Ddukjh

    WHAT CAN THE RED CROSS DO PROCEEDING A CONFERMATION OF A CONFIRMED CEASE FIRE AS DESCRIBED ABOVE...

    September 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  8. Mhtrhk Ddukjh

    CORRECTION: NO SHOTING FOR FIVE DAYS IN THE FIRST 10 DAYS FOLLOWING ASSADS TOTAL DISCLOUSURE OF SYRIAS WMD.

    September 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  9. Mhtrhk Ddukjh

    THERE CAN BE A SERIES OF CEASE FIRES: ONCE ASSAD FINGERS ALL THE WMD THE FIRST CEASE FIRE CAN BE CALLED 5 DAYS NO SHOOTING WITHIN THE FIRST FIVE DAYS FOLLOWING ASSADS TOTAL ITEMIZED LIST OF WMD WITH ALL LOCATIONS–JUST DO THAT.

    September 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  10. withwhat?

    How are we gonna transport these troops? We are decimating our navy, is getting smaller smaller- down to a 300 ship navy I believe?

    And once transport then what? Obama fired all our leading Generals, for making fun of him and the other – for be naughty.

    I think Bill Cosby is running, the 6th fleet and Jay Z will be taking over the army, Bruce Sprinstein will head the joint chief of staff.

    September 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  11. Mhtrhk Ddukjh

    WE MUST DO BETTER...IN ADDITION...

    September 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  12. lol

    moron, italy... lol

    September 10, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
  13. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    September 10, 2013 at 2:09 am | Reply
    • Who flung Poo

      Mr. John Smith, define the root of all terror. Please? you are just as ignorant as many who believe your BS. Life in this world is much more sacred than you think. Also there is so much more you don't even know about many things. Yes you have an opinion and so do I. You chose to believe the things you have brought before your own eyes as well. If that is the life you like to live then so be it. Don't you know everything is now? It is just what you perceive as being a past and future for yourself and those around you. Stop and smell the coffee and not the brewing out of your behind. Life is beautiful. if you never had a t.v. or radio or anything you wouldn't even be able to judge the things that you chose to perceive. If you don't like what you have chosen in your life to be at your fore front. Choose something else. If you ponder on feelings of hate then that's all you are is a hater............I can't tell you what to choose, but I would recommend opening your eyes and if that don't work, close them....................................................

      September 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • GHynson

      Don't give us a reason to invade your country.
      Problem solved

      September 11, 2013 at 1:50 am | Reply
  14. BeEtLjOoZ

    Reblogged this on #BattleOfOurTimes.Com.

    September 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Reply

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