US moving Navy destroyers off coast of Libya
A sailor on the USS McFaul in August of 2008.
September 12th, 2012
06:07 PM ET

US moving Navy destroyers off coast of Libya

From Barbara Starr, CNN's Pentagon Correspondent

Two US Navy warships are moving towards the coast of Libya, two US officials tell CNN. The destroyers are the USS Laboon and the USS McFaul. Both ships are equipped with tomahawk missiles that could be used if a strike was ordered. Tomahawks are satellite-guided cruise missiles that can be programmed to hit specific targets.

"These ships will give the administration flexibility," a senior official said, if the administration orders action against targets in Libya.

The USS Laboon was making a port call in Crete, a few hours from Libya, when it was ordered to reposition. The USS McFaul was outside the Strait of Gibraltar, a few days sail from Libya, and is headed to the Libyan coast.

The US Navy typically keeps up to four Aegis-equipped missile warships ships in the eastern Mediterranean to aid in defending Israel and missile defense for southern Europe. The McFaul and Laboon were part of that deployment.

Filed under: Africa • Libya • Navy • Terrorism
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    Over 10,000 Libyan civilians were killed by a U.S./NATO offensive assault on Libya. The African Union, the legal legislative body of Africa, had their peaceful solution rebuffed. Why? Libya DID have the world's largest untapped oil wells in Africa. Not anymore. Their wells have been privatized and given to NATO and U.S. oil companies; the infrastructure of the country has been bombed to bits; massive arms dumped on every thug militia mercenary group that could get into Libya–along with serious CIA funds to Qatar & Saudi Arabian troops for their rent-a-armies. The U.S. needs to stop using our tax dollars to pre-emptively murder innocent Africans. 10,000 Libyans died BEFORE the first American finally got killed! Get your racist priorities straight. Just because you support a Black President doesn't mean you aren't a racist, imperialis...

    September 14, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
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      The Arab Spring is nothing more than a teenager who has just been granted freedom!! They don't care that we have supported them for years cause now they have their freedom without retribution. (cause daddy- USA made it possible). The USA has had a policy of investing in it's interest in ways that I don't agree with but the political world is not something that is played by the rules.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • Andy

      Wow. Racist & Imperialist. I had no idea how horrible we are, sometimes it's a good idea to put the hate away and talk like grown ups. The world is changing, you don't want the racist imperialists to start using the Area 51 weapons, do you?

      September 25, 2012 at 7:54 am | Reply
  7. outbackjac

    We win by leaving. Any country that does this to us will have us leave within the week. No more aid, no more intelligence, no more money, no technology, no food, no more tourists, nothing. Call us back when you have cleaned up your mess. We don't need Libya or most of those other POS countries. We are there because we believe in helping oppressed people. If we lose even one life well then they are on their own. We don't have to kill anyone, they can kill themselves.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:55 am | Reply
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      You racist ignoramus. The U.S./NATO just killed over 10,000 civilians and Africans in Libya! That is not "humanitarian intervention." That did not help Libyans, but the few that are now filthy rich for helping European and U.S. oil companies get control of the [formerly nationalized] largest oil reserves in Africa. Read "Libyan Winter" by Vijay Prashad if you don't like being so racist.

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    This is result of blind american politics in all World. He was (ambassador) , as you Pentagon dictionary says: Collateral damage of US policy ... as you use that word in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan. Average US citizen doesn't know basic information's in geography but he has HIS interest in every corner of this world. Well that's so arrogant and stupid – and producing more enemies all over as you can neutralize. So at the end, you will close your borders, live in fear because every person that surround you is terrorist, and have you cheap gasoline... and your Patriotic Act. You will have your victory but at the same way you will be defeated.
    I'm sorry for his family and his life (and for any human – that you will kill in next months to show your citizen that you have revenged his death.. support one regime to destroy another.
    At the end we (the rest of the World) will save you from yourselves!

    September 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • steve

      Collateral Damage! Its when Muslims willingly allow muslim extremists with guns into their houses and complain that they get caught in a fire fight. Its also funny how Muslims threaten the lives of Christians at home and then complain when those same Christians make a movie about how much they hate Islam. From their perspective Islam is responsible for their suffering. American may have its problems but this country is far more ethical then most middle eastern countries who if the role was reversed would just murder everyone who engaged in public protest.

      September 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Reply
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        Steve.. In our country we have Muslims, Catholics , Orthodox Christians, Jews.. and US treated all of us as terrorist by bombing our country. We didn't attack your country, you invade us by bringing your version of democracy. At yours TV average american watch us as barbarians but our culture is far more older than yours..(my garage has more culture value than the oldest building in US, my is from Austro-Hungarian period 1780), in that time your chased Indians.
        Say terrorist – I disagree with their methods but this is LowTech vs. HiTech (you have drones, carriers, Predators.. they only have suicide bombers). They goal is to liberate their country fromAmericans, you goal is to take their resources. They are ready to paid the price for their country, are you willing to pay the price for your country?

        September 14, 2012 at 6:59 am |
      • Yugoslavia

        Just one question: "Its when Muslims willingly allow muslim extremists with guns into their houses and complain that they get caught in a fire fight" you says..
        I ask you – what are you doing in their houses? Is there a law in your country, that you can kill intruder in your home?

        September 14, 2012 at 7:04 am |
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        That's a very interesting slant on recent Balkan history. Perhaps if your own people could have taken a fifteen minute breather from butchering each other and anyone else who happened to be in the way over religious and ethnic differences, the outside world would not have had to step in and force you to stop.

        As far as Libya goes, the vast majority of the population welcomes NATO aid and rejects the consulate attack.

        September 25, 2012 at 9:04 am |
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    Matt, really the USS Cole the hollowed halls that 200+ Sailors walk everyday is a constent reminder of the Yemen attack. The USS Cole is currently on deployment today ready and stronger than ever not only fighting for our freedom but the freedom of many others. Everyday I salute those thousands of men and women who have sacrificed everything for us I am a proud American and a PROUD Mother of one who serves.

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      Thank you Necy!! Proud Mom too! May GOD bless them all!!

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    Big deal when Hizbullah threaten to take over Lebanon and shooting broke out, I called them and told them I was sending down the USS Cole.

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      – A Real American

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    Expected reaction, we all agree that libya is going through security crisis that might take long time to be treated, but in the other hand, we all agree that libya have the full sovereignty on its territory and boarders in which to be respected. otherwise, USA is bringing us to be an element helping rising the terrorist organizations and bring the region to be a center of infinite fight.

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      you worthless pos. I hope you are not able to reproduce.

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      Saeed, takes big balls to sit in front of a screen and talk that way, dont have to face anyone who could break you in half, doesn't it? You'll get yours, soon enough I'm sure.

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