U.S. MARINE CORPS RAPID-RESPONSE TEAM ORDERED TO AFRICA TO THWART ANOTHER BENGHAZI ATTACK

The Washington Times on March 8, 2013, reported that U.S. Africa Command will get a new Marine Corps rapid response force as part of a plan to beef up its crisis response capabilities. Excerpts below:

More Leathernecks will be at the ready after the military was unable to get timely aid to Benghazi, Libya last year, during a terror attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and members of his security detail.

The Marine Corps have proposed a new … Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force specifically tailored for crisis response in Africa, the Senate Armed Services Committee was told.

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had previously told lawmakers that U.S. forces were unable to quickly respond to the Benghazi attack.

Africom was also looking to station other special operations teams in three strategic locations in southern Europe, and east and west Africa to bolster the command’s response capabilities.

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