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U.S. evacuates embassy in Central African Republic amidst rebellion
BNO News ^ | Posted about 43 mins ago

Posted on 12/29/2012 6:44:31 PM PST by BenLurkin

BANGUI -- The United States on Thursday evacuated its embassy in the Central African Republic after Seleka rebels seized parts of the impoverished but resource-rich nation, raising fears that the capital Bangui could fall within days.

Patrick Ventrell, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said Ambassador Laurence D. Wohlers and his diplomatic team left Bangui on Thursday along with several private U.S. citizens. "As a result of this suspension of operations, the embassy will not be able to provide routine consular services to American citizens in the Central African Republic until further notice," he said.

Ventrell reiterated that the decision to evacuate the embassy is solely due to security concerns and has no impact on relations between the U.S. government and the Central African Republic. "We have not suspended diplomatic relations with the Central African Republic," he said in a statement.

Known as Seleka rebels, fighters from three rebel groups have worked together in recent weeks to seize large parts of the country. Government troops and rebel fighters clashed in the central town of Bambari on Friday, and the rapid gains by Seleka rebels have raised fears that Bangui could fall within days.

"The United States encourages all parties in the Central African Republic to participate in the dialogue to be held under the auspices of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) to develop a comprehensive agreement that will offer a new vision of peace and security for the country," Ventrell said.

The U.S. government has also warned U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to the Central African Republic at this time. "U.S. citizens who have decided to stay in CAR should review their personal security situation and seriously consider departing, taking advantage of commercial flights," the U.S. State Department said in a travel warning.

(Excerpt) Read more at wireupdate.com ...


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1 posted on 12/29/2012 6:44:38 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

And when will we send in troops...Or did we already...


2 posted on 12/29/2012 6:48:49 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin

No worries. Obama’s cavalry is about to arrive and save the day.


3 posted on 12/29/2012 6:49:37 PM PST by TADSLOS (I took extra credit at the School of Hard Knocks)
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To: Sacajaweau

Or...

“Please send in more UN troops; that last bunch was DEElicious.


4 posted on 12/29/2012 6:50:38 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Or...

“Please send in more UN troops; that last bunch was DEElicious.”


5 posted on 12/29/2012 6:51:01 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Migraine

double deelicious


6 posted on 12/29/2012 6:52:01 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Migraine

LOL!


7 posted on 12/29/2012 6:54:31 PM PST by TADSLOS (I took extra credit at the School of Hard Knocks)
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To: BenLurkin

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-14/africa/world_africa_africa-obama-troops_1_obama-orders-south-sudan-central-african-republic?_s=PM:AFRICA


8 posted on 12/29/2012 6:55:11 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin

One word......Benghazi.


9 posted on 12/29/2012 7:18:46 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: BenLurkin

Hmm... owebama must not be running guns to the mudslime brotherherd out of that embassy.


10 posted on 12/29/2012 7:25:42 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: BenLurkin

Hmm... owebama must not be running guns to the mudslime brotherherd out of that embassy.


11 posted on 12/29/2012 7:26:44 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: BenLurkin

Barry likes the place because they used to have an emporer too.

The Africans got “His Imperial Majesty Jean-Bédel Bokassa Emperor of Central Africa.”

The Americans got “The Emporer Jones”


12 posted on 12/29/2012 7:30:01 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: BenLurkin

All the ambassadors know now that Obama won’t authorize Cross Border Authority for the military to rescue them.

I’m surprised they all aren’t leaving from third world postings!


13 posted on 12/29/2012 7:42:04 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: BenLurkin
impoverished but resource-rich

I suppose this is somehow Whitey's fault? Sort of like Mexico?
14 posted on 12/29/2012 8:00:18 PM PST by Trod Upon (Civilian disarmament is the precursor to democide.)
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To: BenLurkin

I got stuck there for a week. There is nothing in Bangui but a few Spanish cazadores and some French paratroopers who looked drunk. Nothing else really mattered.


15 posted on 12/29/2012 9:08:46 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: FlyingEagle

OK, I looked it up & couldn’t find a good definition.
What’s a cazadores?

Also, tell me the story about getting stuck there. I’m always interested in stuff like that. Heck the US Army tried to arrest me in Viet Nam because some private didn’t like the cut of my jib:) I pulled a “these aren’t the droids you are looking for” and went on my way:)


16 posted on 12/29/2012 9:48:12 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: 43north

43north~:” Hmm... owebama must not be running guns to the mudslime brotherherd out of that embassy.”

Not now , but wait a month until Benghazi dies down !
The american electorate ( low information) has a short attention span


17 posted on 12/29/2012 10:51:31 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Disclaimer - the opinions above merely reflect the writers restricted ability to observe reality)
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To: Cold Heart

In Spanish Cazador means hunter. These Spanish hunters were African big game hunters we encountered on our adventure.

I had been in Milan negotiating an oil deal in Congo Brazaville, to acquire a share for my company, a major american oil co, in an offshore Congo exploration deal. I was assisted by a high born aristocratic French attorney whose mother was a baroness and wife was a high society Swiss national. He was not accustomed to being inconvenienced. I am from west Texas, so not very high strung.

After successfully concluding our transaction in Milan with the state oil company Agip we made plans to travel to Brazaville Congo, to get the Ministerial approval of the transfer of interests. So, we hopped on the next plane, a 727 operated by Air Afrique ( we called it air panique) and left Milan that evening in probably winter 1988. The plane pogo sticked over to Paris to fill up, then to N’djamena, Chad for its first stop (a country at war with Libya at the time) then took off for next stop Bangui in the Central African Republic, then scheduled onward to Brazaville arrival around 7 am the next morning. So we were on a lengthy local down to deepest darkest.

Around 4 am a thick accented stewards voice (all african crew) woke me up: he said “Escusez moi Monsieur, mais nous Avon un petite problem technique. If faut sortie de l’avion.”. So I grabbed my briefcase and bag, woke my lawyer, walked down the plane stairs into darkness, landing on a wet and smelly Tarmac reeking of jet fuel, or hydraulic fuel, or both, not sure. In darkness we and about 200 other passregers went to the small building that constitutes the Bangui airport. It was 4 am on Wednesday. We surmised that the Libyans had shot up the plane and caused leaks, but we had no proof. By 7 am the flight was “annulee” and we were sent to the Novotel hotel. There were no charters so we were stuck. The next plane, from Air Afrique, was due in a week (our same plane). By mid day our 727 disappeared, we have no idea where it went.

We saw a covey of French paratroopers on the way to town in our Renault taxi that had no floor and no transmission fluid. The French soldiers were hammered and incoherent that morning.

The Novotel was satisfactory: we drank with the Spanish hunters in the lobby bar and assessed our situation. My ace lawyer made a call to HQ in Houston, said we were stranded, please hire Elf’s Falcon jet airplane from Pt Noire to come pick us up and take us to our Minister appointment in Brazzaville. HQ checked - the French wanted $30k to make the trip. Our HQ in Houston said no, we could wait.

There was nothing there. Emperor Boukassa’s compound (he was a cannibal and ate young boys) was in the heart of the town. There were hardly any people around. We found out we could take a ferry boat down the Ubangi river to Brazzaville the next Tuesday for 15,000 CFA or about 5 bucks, but it takes 14 days and we had to bring our own chickens to eat, so we went back to the Novotel.

By this time a crew change of 12 Italians has shown up and were seriously drinking with the Spanish cazadores. Turns out they were the Agip crew change for an offshore Congo field, from our stranded plane, and Agip was sending a 14 seat Corvette jet to pick them up tomorrow. So we hitched a ride with them. My high born lawyer loaded the luggage, a beautiful thing to see. He got the last seat, which was the crew seat/toilet seat, but he did not care.

That was my trip to Bangui. I saw nothing of material value to our nation there.


18 posted on 12/29/2012 10:58:58 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: BenLurkin

“Central African Republic” is certainly one of the more generic-sounding country names.


19 posted on 12/30/2012 12:42:43 AM PST by wideminded
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To: FlyingEagle

Well told.


20 posted on 12/30/2012 2:44:41 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: FlyingEagle

Mercer Human Resources Consulting named Bangui as the second worst city out of 221 in their 2010 quality of living survey. Baghdad was the only city to be ranked lower than Bangui.


21 posted on 12/30/2012 2:49:19 AM PST by narses
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To: wideminded
“Central African Republic” is certainly one of the more generic-sounding country names.

Well, it was the Central African Empire for a few years, at least until the next revolution came along.

22 posted on 12/30/2012 3:10:12 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: BenLurkin

Hillary’s Fault!!!!


23 posted on 12/30/2012 5:53:53 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like Chicago aint the only place where Zero’s sons get “rowdy”. I wonder if they’ll look for a gene that causes certain races to act violently...


24 posted on 12/30/2012 7:00:38 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: FlyingEagle

Thanks


25 posted on 12/30/2012 8:43:25 AM PST by Cold Heart
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