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US sends assault ship with 1,000 Marines near Libya, asks Americans to 'depart immediately'
Russia Today ^ | 27 May 2014

Posted on 05/27/2014 6:18:56 PM PDT by mandaladon

The US is sending 1,000 Marines in an amphibious assault ship to Libya's coast as a “precautionary” move should the US embassy require evacuation, a US official said. Security concerns also led the US to suggest Americans in Libya "depart immediately."

Adding to tensions, gunmen attacked the Tripoli home of Libya’s new prime minister, Ahmed Maiteeq, on Tuesday. Businessman Maiteeq, 42, and his family escaped harm, according to AFP.

An aide to Maiteeq said "there was an attack with rockets and small arms on the prime minister's house" in Tripoli at 3:00 a.m. (0100 GMT). Maiteeq’s guards opened fire on the attackers, wounding and arresting two of them, the official added.

In reaction to the heightened strife in Libya, the USS Bataan, stocked with several helicopters in addition to the Marines, is to be in the nation’s coastal area “in a matter of days,” an anonymous US defense official said, according to AFP.

The preemptive move is a reaction to increasingly violent militia battles, which could threaten the American embassy’s security, the official said. Based on escalating security concerns, the US State Department recommended Tuesday that Americans in Libya "depart immediately."

"Due to security concerns, the Department of State has limited staffing at Embassy Tripoli and is only able to offer very limited emergency services to US citizens in Libya," the travel warning said.

The US also has 250 available Marines, seven Osprey combat aircraft, and three refueling aircraft in Sigonella, Italy, AFP reported.

The State Department said last week that its embassy in Tripoli was operating as usual despite offensives launched by a dissident general, Khalifa Haftar, against the Libyan parliament and Islamist factions.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Zahawi, the head of Libya’s Ansar Al-Sharia militant group in Benghazi, warned against any US interference in the nation’s ongoing tumult.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ansaralsharia; benghazi; bhoafrica; libya; libyacrisis; lybia; obama; oup; seebreakingnews; tripoli; ustroops; zahawi
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Zahawi accused the US government of backing General Haftar, a "new Gaddafi," and an "agent of American intelligence.” ........................Another success story in the Obama administration.
1 posted on 05/27/2014 6:18:56 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Just another beautiful Arab Spring day.


2 posted on 05/27/2014 6:21:14 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: mandaladon

The citizens of Libya were far better off before Obama helped overthrow their government on behalf of the muslim brotherhood.


3 posted on 05/27/2014 6:21:59 PM PDT by boycott
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To: mandaladon

Foreign policy as conceived and implemented by a bunch of high school stoners.

What are we doing with any embassy personnel still in Libya anyway?


4 posted on 05/27/2014 6:24:09 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: mandaladon

More of our guys to another friggin’ Muzzie country???


5 posted on 05/27/2014 6:28:17 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Obama-the-Undocumented will not rest until
the Blind Sheik is free and Iran and al Qaeda have nukes.


6 posted on 05/27/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Diogenesis

+1


7 posted on 05/27/2014 6:30:42 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: boycott

Obama is a fool and everyone knows it.


8 posted on 05/27/2014 6:32:59 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: mandaladon

Another broken promise no soldiers in Libya... Oh well what does it matter all those broken promises to Obama...you can’t touch me anyway.


9 posted on 05/27/2014 6:38:11 PM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
DEFENSE NEWS – . Militia fighters stole hundreds of American-supplied automatic weapons and other equipment in a raid on a Libyan base where the US was training local forces, bringing an abrupt end to the secretive program, a report said Tuesday.
10 posted on 05/27/2014 6:41:06 PM PDT by wtd
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To: mandaladon

Gee you’d think we’d have an LHA on station on 911 in the vicinity of Middle East Hot Spots.


11 posted on 05/27/2014 6:41:07 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: boycott
The citizens of Libya were far better off before Obama helped overthrow their government on behalf of the muslim brotherhood.

Nailed it. Queerdaffy had been disciplined by Reagan actions and other strong US policies and was content to mind his business, which was to be dictator of Lybya. US interests were being served by the status quo. As it turned out, so would have been Lybyan interests. There were no Lybyan George Washingtons waiting in the wings but plenty of terrorists.

12 posted on 05/27/2014 6:41:45 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: mandaladon

Another rousing foreign policy success for the Administration of Captain Midnight


13 posted on 05/27/2014 6:41:53 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: mandaladon

another feather in Hillary’s foreign policy cap


14 posted on 05/27/2014 6:51:42 PM PDT by montag813
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Oh, so NOW they send help...


15 posted on 05/27/2014 7:02:59 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (Immigration without assimilation is the death of a nation)
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To: Captainpaintball
A year and a half late.

16 posted on 05/27/2014 7:14:45 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: mandaladon

Russia Today huh.

What went wrong dumbo?

Yup, a nation run by a bunch of high school stoners, faggots, muzzies and power moguls.

We are really in the $hit aren’t we?


17 posted on 05/27/2014 7:34:08 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: luvbach1

After the first Gulf War, Libya opened up for weapons inspections to prove they didn’t have weapons of mass destruction. Quadafi was cooperating. There was absolutely no need for us to overthrow Libya.

obama bombed Libya to help his muslim brotherhood overthrow the government. They are much much worse off than they were before obama terrorized them.


18 posted on 05/27/2014 7:36:05 PM PDT by boycott
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To: mandaladon

Is there a new YouTube video out?


19 posted on 05/27/2014 7:38:12 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: mandaladon

Susan Rice and Samantha Power are the 2 geniuses responsible for this mess.

He listens to Rice because she was a good basketball player and Power because she went to Harvard and runs around screaming “Genocide” every 2 minutes.

Libyan civil war

As the 2011 Libyan civil war progressed, Rice made clear that the United States and the international community saw only one choice for Gaddafi and his aides: step down from power or face significant consequences. Rice offered some of the toughest rhetoric toward Gaddafi, blasting his denials of atrocities against his own citizens as “frankly, delusional”.

Several UN diplomats said that in a closed door meeting on April 28, Rice’s claims of Gaddafi’s atrocities included the issuance of Viagra to loyalists in order to further terrorize the population with sexual violence.[41][42] Together with National Security Council figure Samantha Power, who already supported military intervention, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who came to support it, the three overcame internal opposition from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, security adviser Thomas Donilon, and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, to have the administration advance a UN proposal to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and authorize other military actions as necessary.[19][43]

On March 17, 2011, the UK, France and Lebanon joined Rice to vote for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 while Brazil, Germany, and India joined permanent Security Council members China and Russia in abstaining. Rice and Clinton played major roles in gaining approval for the resolution.[19][44] Clinton said that same day that establishing a no-fly zone over Libya would require the bombing of air defenses. Rice said that “we are interested in a broad range of actions that will effectively protect civilians and increase the pressure on the Gaddafi regime to halt the killing and to allow the Libyan people to express themselves in their aspirations for the future freely and peacefully”.[45]

In January 2012 after the Russian and Chinese veto of another Security Council resolution calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, Rice strongly condemned both countries, saying, “They put a stake in the heart of efforts to resolve this conflict peacefully”, adding that “we the United States are standing with the people of Syria. Russia and China are obviously with Assad.”[46] In her words, “the United States is disgusted that a couple of members of this Council continue to prevent us from fulfilling our sole purpose”.[47]

Some Security Council diplomats took issue with Rice’s negotiating style, calling it “rude” and overly blunt. According to David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy magazine, Rice is known for her “abrasiveness” but has the asset of a close relationship with the U.S. president. Human rights activists took issue with Rice and U.S. foreign policy generally in 2012 for working against U.N. statements that criticized Rwanda for supporting a rebel group in Congo known for committing atrocities.[


20 posted on 05/27/2014 7:41:38 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: mandaladon

Early life and education

Rice was born in Washington, D.C.,[5] to Emmett J. Rice (1919–2011), Cornell University economics professor and the second black governor of the Federal Reserve System;[5] and education policy scholar Lois (née Dickson) Fitt, currently at the Brookings Institution.[6] Her maternal grandparents were Jamaican.[7] Her parents divorced during her youth.[citation needed] She is not related to former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Rice was a three-sport athlete, student council president, and valedictorian at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., a private girls’ day school.[8] She played point guard in basketball and directed the offense, acquiring the nickname Spo, short for “Sportin’”.[8]


21 posted on 05/27/2014 7:43:48 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: mandaladon

Troops are probably needed to take out witnesses that could tell what really went on at Benghazi.


22 posted on 05/27/2014 7:46:19 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: mandaladon

20 months late.

Now THAT’s response to be proud of.

/s


23 posted on 05/27/2014 7:59:04 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: mandaladon

Hafter fled Libya for US, and for almost 20 years lived in Langley,VA in shadow of Pentagon . Not a secret ,he was one of agents used on the ground to mrk munition depots for NATO to bomb fighting Gaddafi.


24 posted on 05/27/2014 8:19:02 PM PDT by dorre megan
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To: mandaladon

Our Shiite Muslim Brotherhood President sends in American troops against another peaceful Sunni....


25 posted on 05/27/2014 9:31:59 PM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: mandaladon

Now ain’t you glad we got rid of Gaddafi!


26 posted on 05/27/2014 9:51:06 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: mandaladon

One ship?

Really?


27 posted on 05/27/2014 9:55:53 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: mandaladon; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Dity ping.


28 posted on 05/27/2014 10:01:37 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: GeronL

Its not the ship that matters so much. 1000 Marines can make quite an impression. Seriously.


29 posted on 05/27/2014 10:28:52 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: FlyingEagle

1000 Marines and a capable shit with the right ordinance can leave quite a depression.


30 posted on 05/28/2014 4:04:57 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road

Ship Ship! That’s suppose to say Ship!


31 posted on 05/28/2014 4:06:38 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road

A group of 100 terrorists were going up a valley when they seen a young Marine on top of the hill shouting and flipping them the bird. The commander sent 10 men up the hill to kill the infidel. After a brief fire fight the young Marine appeared again this time mooning the men in the valley. The commander barked at his second in command and told him to take the rest of the men up the hill and bring back his head. 45 minutes later the second in command comes dragging down the hill shot up and bleeding screaming “It’s a trap, there’s two of them”!


32 posted on 05/28/2014 4:15:22 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: mandaladon

The 1000 Marines are most likely the current MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) on a Med float. The Marines out of Italy are the FAST (Fleet Anti Terrorism Security Team) company. Both are trained in NEOs (Non Evacuation Operations) which would be what is called for here.


33 posted on 05/28/2014 5:19:33 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Whoops, NEO stands for Non Combat Evacuation Operations, not Non Evacuation Operations.


34 posted on 05/28/2014 5:20:41 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...

Benghazi ping.

Let Republicanprofessor know if you want on or off this ping list.


35 posted on 05/28/2014 5:24:14 AM PDT by Republicanprofessor
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To: GeronL
"One ship?"

No, this would be an amphibious group, normally about five ships in an amphibious group. The U.S.S. Bataan is the main ship of the group which holds the MEU commander and Admiral of the Amphib group. It's like when they talk about a carrier group. They just show the carrier, but there are a whole lot of other ships involved in a carrier group.
36 posted on 05/28/2014 5:29:41 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: mandaladon
"Another broken promise no soldiers in Libya... "

Not in this instance. It is the job of the MEU out on float and Marines mission in general to protect American citizens overseas. They are merely there if the $$%!@& hits the fan and the Embassy needs evacuated, they are there to conduct that Embassy evacuation operation. They are there to protect American interests.
37 posted on 05/28/2014 5:32:09 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: PAR35
"Troops are probably needed to take out witnesses that could tell what really went on at Benghazi."

No, the Amphib group is there to conduct a Non Combat Evacuation Op of the Embassy if it's needed and the #$^%& hits the fan. Right now I'm guessing all American citizens that can't fly out of Libya are being told to haul their butts over to the Embassy. Sort of like the wild west frontier fort to go to before the Indians attack.
38 posted on 05/28/2014 5:35:35 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: luvbach1
"There were no Lybyan George Washingtons waiting in the wings but plenty of terrorists."

Zactly!! While we didn't contribute much, we did fly support missions for our European allies. I don't think we should have gotten involved at all since there was no credible leader to come forward to take Ghadaffi's place. Unless the Euros were willing to go in and colonise them circa 1870 and teach them liberal democracy the only solution is another strongman. You don't learn liberal democracy on the fly...
39 posted on 05/28/2014 5:39:58 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: PAR35; Diogenes; cripplecreek; All

Imagine, if you can, the hissy fit that Commander in Chief Obama would throw if during a sworn hearing of the Benghazi House Committee, Chairman Trey Gowdy asked Obama: “Where were you, and what were you doing during the night of September 11, 2012?”


40 posted on 05/28/2014 5:50:35 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: FlyingEagle

41 posted on 05/28/2014 10:37:53 AM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: gura
John Ligato of Alpha Company explained how the vastly outnumbered Marines had to adapt and improvise in Hue City, and that the most ferocious fighting machine in the world is a pissed-off 19-year-old Marine.
42 posted on 05/28/2014 10:55:44 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama will not divert resources from his war on Americans to help Veterans!)
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To: Grampa Dave
http://youtu.be/n0N7l396cJI
43 posted on 05/28/2014 2:31:07 PM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: Sequoyah101; mandaladon

But NOT necessary if OATH taking officials/military personnel had shown up on evening/morning November 4th/5th, 2008 making immediate arrests when their Constitution was swept under the rug, by installing an illegal undocumented alien, traitor and criminal. Something the United States of America NOW have to pay for dearly!!!


44 posted on 05/28/2014 3:30:19 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: mandaladon

What now? Another nasty video about Mohammed, the camel jockey?


45 posted on 05/28/2014 8:43:01 PM PDT by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: gura

Oohrah!

Son of FE is at MCRD.


46 posted on 05/28/2014 10:06:57 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Rome2000

great post Rome 2000!

link pls


47 posted on 05/29/2014 5:45:12 AM PDT by BonRad (The world is full of educated derelicts-Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Rome2000

“She is not related to former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.”

No kidding!


48 posted on 05/29/2014 6:09:52 PM PDT by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: wtd

well well well

“someone” in our state department or cia sure has an unrequited love for Libya - doesn’t he? Yet another secret military weapons program


49 posted on 05/30/2014 8:25:07 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Rome2000

Rice was sent to the UN as a post turtle
She is a tool
and so was the fat besotted dizzy (literally) Huma-obsessed Hillary
look at who was/is running this show- Samantha Power (radical anti-Semitic Berndadine-Dohr wannabe, 90’s style) overruling Gates and company and forcing the US into an extra-constitutional use of military force in a battle between bad and worse and neither benefitting US strategic interests

still? still with the “secret” advisors and secret weapons training in Libya to african radical militants?


50 posted on 05/30/2014 8:37:53 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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