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US moving 200 marines to Sicily for Libya protection

Published: May 16, 2013
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Source: AFP

Italy has announced the United States was transferring 200 marines and two planes to its base at Sigonella in Sicily to deploy in Libya in case US diplomats come under attack as they did last year.

US moving 200 marines to Sicily for Libya protection
Sigonella is both a US Navy installation and an Italian air force base Photo: AFP
Speaking in parliament after leftist MPs complained they had not been told about the deployment, Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said the transfer was "in accordance with bilateral agreements" between Italy and the United States.

"This is a reinforcement for the security of US personnel in Libya or for possible evacuations," she told parliament, adding that 75 marines would arrive first followed by 125 more as well as two additional military planes.

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