US forces on alert amid Libya tensions

The picture shows the damage inside the burnt US consulate building in Benghazi on September 13, 2012, following an attack on the building on September 11, 2012.

The United States has placed its Marines and other forces in Europe on alert as the security situation in Libya worsens in light of the recent political unrest in the North African nation.

Two US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said on Friday that the alert order applies to a US special operations team based in Germany and also a Marine group of air and ground forces based in Spain.

According to the officials, Washington has no imminent plan to deploy any of the forces under current circumstances. However, a part of the Marines in Spain might be repositioned to provide a faster reaction to trouble in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, if need arises.

Marines are trained for the emergency evacuation of US embassy compounds among other missions.

Meanwhile, Britain has temporarily withdrawn some staff from its embassy in Tripoli due to a surge in violence as well as the political uncertainty in the oil-rich country.

Since April 30, a number of armed men in vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft guns have surrounded Libyaâ„¢s Justice Ministry building. The Foreign Ministry has also been surrounded by some 200 armed men since April 28.

The armed men demand that the ministries ban the remnants of the former regime of Muammar Gaddafi from holding key posts and hire those who had helped topple the long-time dictator.

Libyans rose up against Gaddafiâ„¢s four-decade-long rule in February 2011 and deposed him in August 2011. The dictator was killed on October 20 of the same year.


This article originally appeared on : Press TV