Two Navy destroyers and dozens of Marines and CIA agents were mobilized Thursday after militants killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.
The USS Laboon was in position off Libya’s coast and the USS McFaul was en route from the Strait of Gibraltar, arriving in a few days, U.S. officials said.
The guided-missile destroyers are equipped with long-range, satellite-guided Tomahawk cruise missiles that could be used if a strike is ordered.
U.S. and British forces fired nearly 300 Tomahawk missiles against Libyan targets in March 2011.
The approximately 50 elite Marines dispatched to Tripoli were in place Thursday providing ‘counter-terrorism’ security at the U.S. Embassy, officials said.
The Marine unit is known as the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team, part of the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, a dedicated security and counter-terrorism unit often guarding high-value U.S. Navy installations, notably those containing nuclear vessels and weapons.
Besides the CIA, the FBI and other agencies were marshaled to identify and pursue the attackers, officials said.
Their efforts might be aided by U.S. drones that have continued to conduct surveillance flights over Libya since Tripoli fell 13 months ago, The Washington Post reported.
Source: Breaking News