US evacuates diplomats in Libya due to unrest

The State Department has evacuated some diplomats in Tripoli due to growing demonstrations against the government. The Pentagon says it has troops in the region on alert in case they are needed to "evacuate" personnel. Washington Post: The protests that have spread in Libya over the past week stem largely from the passage of a law that bars from public office officials who served in key roles under the deposed Libyan regime of Moammar Gaddafi. There is no indication so far that the demonstrators are targeting Westerners. Still, a senior defense official said a Marine quick-response team and a Special Operations unit have been placed on alert to ensure that they can respond if they are needed to evacuate personnel. The nearest U.S. troops are stationed in Spain and Italy. "The reason we're able to have these forces on alert is work the Defense Department has done to have additional response options in the wake of Benghazi," the official said, speaking on the condition of...(Read Full Post)