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U.S. warships heading to Libyan coast

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According to the Associated Press, in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others, .U.S. officials say the Pentagon has moved one warship to the coast of Libya and another is on its way.

Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss troop movements, say one destroyer, the USS Laboon, moved to a position off the coast Wednesday, and the USS McFaul is en route and should be stationed off the coast within days. The officials say the ships, which carry Tomahawk missiles, do not have a specific mission. However they do give commanders flexibility to respond to any mission ordered by the president.

The destroyers have crews totaling about 300. There have been four destroyers in the Mediterranean for some time. These moves will increase that to five.

 

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