Skip to comments.Out of Precaution, Marines on Ready to Go to Egypt to Protect U.S. Embassy, Citizens
Posted on 06/28/2013 4:10:35 PM PDT by kristinn
U.S. Marines stationed in southern Europe have been put on alert as a precaution in advance of expected large demonstrations and potential unrest in Egypt this weekend, CNN has learned.
About 200 combat capable Marines in Sigonella, Italy, and Moron, Spain, have been told to be ready to be airborne within 60 minutes of getting orders to deploy, according to two administration officials.
The units have several V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft that would carry troops and infantry weapons to Egypt to protect the U.S. Embassy and American government personnel and citizens if violence broke out against Americans.
The planned demonstrations are aimed against the Egyptian government.
The officials both emphasized this is contingency planning in advance of the expected demonstrations to ensure American military assets, including rescue forces, can act if needed. In the event Americans had to be evacuated from Egypt and could not get to the airport due to the unrest, there are about 2,000 additional Marines on board three Navy warships in the Red Sea, officials said.
A third official said the decision to keep the warship in the Red Sea was "very precautionary."
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Close the embassy.
Let’s see if these islamists like mob rule when it’s turned against them.
Yeah, but will Obama let them handle live ammo?
Heavily arm the Copts.
I pray to God the military gains control of Egypt, prying it out of the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. Whose got the keys to those F-16’s that 0bama just gave to the MB?
Benghazi II, but without an 0bama election to worry about.
Woohoo! More war, due to circumstances of Obama’s own making!
The norm is to get our people out of there. Geez....
what difference does it make? /[/s]
Do the street sounds of Mogadishu ring a bell for anyone?
You can only wag the dog so many times..
Tough duty . . . serving under a supreme commander who is a coward.
As expected the Islamists are failing to improve the lot of Egyptians. The price of bread is rising, young people cannot find jobs and the economy is contracting. There is a huge amount of discontent. The great uncertainty is to what extent Mursi controls the army. Civil unrest and violence is a likelihood. However if the Army stages a coup, Egypt will suffer the fate of Algeria.
They're United States Marines; of course they are combat capable. It's the Community-organizer-in-chief that is in question when it comes to defending our Embassy.
Well looks like they already lost one!
This is the beginning of the end of Morsi and his Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt.
0b0z0 can’t and won’t save him. If anyone attacks the American embassy it would be 0b0z0’s allies, aka, the Moslem Brotherhood when they realize that American support ain’t coming and that they’re dropped like the sack of shit that they really are!