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WASHINGTON — About 500 crisis-response Marines who recently deployed to Italy and Spain are positioned to respond to the brewing chaos in Egypt.
Pentagon spokesman George Little wouldn’t speak about Egypt or the U.S. Embassy in Cairo specifically, but said the military was postured for response in that region in particular.
“We have taken steps to ensure our military is ready to respond to a range of contingencies,” he said.
Originally posted by Swills
So when the poop hits the Egyptian fan where are these Marines going? To a closed Embassy? If not, then are they going to aid the Egyptian military who is against Morsi or will they support Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood?edit on 2-7-2013 by Swills because: (no reason given)
On Wednesday July 3, the U.S. Embassy will be closed to the public and regular consular services are suspended for the day. We regret the inconvenience and all applicants’ appointments will be rescheduled. If you need an emergency service, please contact the Embassy at 2797-3300.
As a matter of general practice, U.S. citizens should avoid areas where large gatherings may occur. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens in Egypt are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly.
Originally posted by seabag
reply to post by Swills
With 500 Marines they certainly aren’t going to engage the Egyptian military. There is always a large contingency of Marines in the area that are SOC. I suspect they are prepared to protect certain assets critical to security in the region and evacuate certain people if it gets nasty. Egypt does have large stock piles of biological and chemical weapons that don’t need to get into the wrong hands. The scary thing is trying to identify which hands are the RIGHT hands. Every time I think I know who the good guys are they prove me wrong.