US troops sent to Libya

2011-09-20 22:44

Washibgton - Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says the Pentagon has sent another dozen troops to Tripoli to help the State Department lay plans for reopening the US Embassy.

Panetta told a news conference that it remains US policy not to send combat troops to Libya. But he disclosed that after having sent four military personnel recently to assist the State Department in Tripoli, another 12 were deployed for the same purpose. He said no others would be sent.

The US Embassy in Tripoli was heavily vandalised during the fighting between rebels and pro-government forces.

  • Anton - 2011-09-21 00:52

    WOW...., this heading is verrry dramatic!! I had a vision of huge transport planes landing at Tripoly airport. And troop carriers laying of the coast of Libya...... In the meantime its a combi full of military personnel, arriving to protect the US embassy. Malawi has probably got more "troops" in Pretoria, to protect theirs!!!!!!!!!

      slg - 2011-09-21 01:53

      Couldnt agree more. They come up with these clangers that put them in the tabloid mold.

  • Mandla - 2011-09-21 03:06

    Troops to over see the shipmant of oil from Libya to America,Libya will never be the same again.

      slg - 2011-09-21 05:56

      Get your facts straight before you spout nonsense. The US does not get its oil from Libya.

      Derrick - 2011-09-21 21:52

      Mandla, 16 soldiers? You use more men to hijack a cash in transit van. The deputy vice mayor's secretary's cleaner in Polokwane has more security when she goes shopping with a blue light entourage. If Libya was ever to start exporting oil to the US, what exactly would these boys do, hitch a ride on the tanker? Engage brain before operating keyboard.

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