September 12th, 2012
04:41 PM ET

US troops notified they could be moved to embassy protection

By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent

Some US troops and units stationed outside the US have been notified they could be called upon in the coming days to move to embassy installations around the world to provide additional security, a senior US military official confirms to CNN. He declined to offer specific details including the number of troops or types of units involved due to security concerns. But he indicated all of those being notified are already deployed outside the US and this is not expected to involve new deployments from the US at this time.

The official confirmed that in the wake of the attack on US diplomats in Libya, the Pentagon is now involved in intensive discussion with the State Department and White House on how to implement President Obama's order to step up diplomatic security around the world. "We are looking at the requirements, what we need and identifying what assets could have to move," he said. This could all include troops, aircraft, ships and other equipment if needed.

Filed under: Libya • Terrorism
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  1. Tom

    This is C R A Z Y. This is all over whether they should worship idols. The prophet is not meant to be sacred or worshipped, he was just a man. Thus, depictions of him are not allowed because that would lead to worship. It sounds like the freaking worship the guy regardless and that is the entire problem, such an freaking hypocritical oxymoron if i've ever heard one.

    September 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  2. General Know It All

    If some film maker in the Middle East made a film about Jesus Christ saying he was not real or that he did bad things as well as Christianity is terrible, would Americans Attack the Saudi, Libya, UAE, Egyptian, or any other ME Embassy based in the USA? Of course not!!!! I can't even imagine that happening. Can you even imagine the headlines: Civilians in USA break into Embassy and kill Ambassador. You people in the Middle East (specifically you Islamist) need to get a grip on life and not be so sensitive if someone says, draws, writes, or films something you do not like.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  3. Onikami

    death by oreo cookie... that's a new way to die.....wait i'm sure some fat kid probably choked to death on one.

    September 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
  4. OffTheWorldPolitics

    If I'm driving my car and find an Orio under the seat, I reach down to eat it and in doing so kill a pedestrian; I am charged with manslaughter. My reckless behavior picking up that Orio while driving resulted in the death of another human being. If there is a war going on for over ten years against religious extremism and terrorists, and I incite violence by provoking these mentally unstable fanatics, then I knowingly facilitated that violence. The people who made that film should be prosecuted for manslaughter. They are partially responsible for the deaths of those people. They DEFINITELY should not make a dime of their deaths...
    This sick person with the tattoos was in the film. He made money of the deaths of these poor Americans. There is your reality TV to the maximum you sick SOB. How much did you get paid for knowingly facilitating their deaths? 100 bucks? 20 bucks? It's ok, we'll let you pay your debt to society by being on "The Running Man".

    September 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • JSap

      Uh, the only people who bear responsibility for these actions are the people storming the embassy.

      September 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
      • OffTheWorldPolitics

        Uh, the attackers earned a death sentence. The U.S. has been killing them for over ten years... This does not dismiss the responsibility of the film makers who intentionally made a film that would provoke a violent response. I understand the first amendment. The problem is when someone knowingly exercises their first amendment rights to provoke a response. Charles Manson is a good example.

        September 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • MantikOre72

      It's Oreo. I'm eating some now. Don't worry i'm not driving.

      September 12, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Reply
      • OffTheWorldPolitics

        Thanks, please consume responsibly.

        September 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm |

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