CAR: US troops to aid diplomat evacuation

2012-12-30 12:01

Washington - President Barack Obama says 50 US troops have deployed to Chad to help evacuate US citizens and embassy personnel from the neighbouring Central African Republic's capital of Bangui in the face of rebel advances toward the city.

Obama informed congressional leaders of Thursday's deployment in a letter on Saturday citing a "deteriorating security situation" in the Central African Republic.

The evacuation of the US diplomats comes in the wake of criticism of the Obama administration's handling of diplomatic security at its consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an 11 September attack.

In the Central African Republic, rebels have seized at least 10 northern towns. On Saturday they continued their advance, seizing the city of Sibut, about 183km from Bangui.

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-12-30 22:03

    Anyone who has been to the CAR would have to wonder what the hell they are fighting over

  • bmalulekehlongwani - 2012-12-31 03:52

    The only time we going to have warless Africa is the day America and its friends in crime stop poking their blood smell loving noses from Africa wealth since they are behind all the mess. Obama take your ppl and may they not return so that we can live in peace.

      mendy8i8 - 2012-12-31 05:56

      That is very over simplified. There was war, ethnic violence, and tribal problems long before Europeans came to America. America spends millions of dollars in public and private money to Africa every year. Instead of looking for a scapegoat, your energy would be much better spent looking for solutions to the existing problems.

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