US Forces on Alert in Response to Libya

This could be quite an intelligence trove for the Chinese should the U.S. be called to action in Libya, given the US Military is now reliant upon their communication satellites.

WASHINGTON – Marines and other U.S. forces in Europe are on a heightened state of alert in response to a deteriorating security situation in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, two U.S. officials said Friday.

The alert order applies to a U.S. special operations team based in Stuttgart, Germany, as well as a Marine group of air and ground forces based in Moron, Spain, according to the officials, who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The forces alerted in Europe are under U.S. Africa Command, which acquired the special operations team in the fall. The command did not have a similar team – or the Marines in Spain – available last September for possible use in response to the deadly attack on the US diplomatic facilities in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

The U.S. has a contingent of dozens of Marines at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

The officials said there is no plan to use any of the forces under current circumstances, but a portion of the approximately 500 Marines in Spain have been notified they might be repositioned for a quicker potential response to trouble in Tripoli.

One of the missions for which Marines train is the emergency evacuation of U.S. embassy compounds.

Full article: US Forces on Alert in Response to Libya (Military.com)

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