U.S. warship destroyers mobilized to Libya

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. Continue reading