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U.S. considering evacuation of embassy in Libya

The U.S. government is monitoring the unrest in Tripoli and weighing "minute by minute, hour by hour" whether to evacuate the American embassy following an outbreak of unrest in the capital.
By JC Finley   |   May 19, 2014 at 6:49 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- U.S. officials are considering closing the American embassy in Libya a day after violence broke out Sunday in the capital city of Tripoli.

Weighing the decision to remain or evacuate, a defense official told CNN, is "minute by minute, hour by hour."

American military assets have been pre-positioned at a naval base in Sigonella, Italy. The eight V-22 Osprey aircraft and 200 Marines stationed in Moron, Spain -- part of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Team that was stood up after the 2012 attack on U.S. Consulate Benghazi -- could be called upon to help evacuate the embassy, the official said.

Militia members opposed to Islamist control of the Libyan government overtook the Libyan parliament building, prompting large-scale unrest in the capital.

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