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Pentagon: Secret U.S. military commandos deployed to Libya
2012-11-02
Classified United States military units are operating in the region near Libya since the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, according to the director of operations for the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

The disclosure that secret U.S. military forces were dispatched to Libya recently was revealed in a letter sent Wednesday to the House Armed Services Committee by Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd, director of operations for the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

Tidd said that after the attack in Benghazi, the U.S. European Command sent a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) platoon to reinforce security at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

“Additional classified capabilities were deployed to the region,” Tidd said, in what other defense officials said was a reference to the deployment of special operations commandos.

Tidd was responding to a letter from Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R., Calif.) about whether the military recommended bolstering security in Libya prior to the Sept. 11 attack that killed U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

A U.S. official would not provide details on the classified unit in the region but said it includes elite U.S. special operations commandos trained for counterterrorism missions, like the Navy’s Seal Team Six, known formally as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

The CIA also is said to be secretly setting up covert armed aerial drone units in the country.
Posted by:Au Auric

#11  C'mon, it WILL be the bad boys no matter who it is. Even if it's only a little girl, a goat and a toothless septugenarian it will BE the bad boys.

But, it will be vewey vewey secret.

Am I being too cynical?
Posted by: AlanC   2012-11-02 18:09  

#10  If its THE bad boys we'll hear it on the 24 news cycle for weeks, as the peanut gallery gives a legacy to their chosen child. Ra-ra-ra. Secrecy, my eye. They'll have it carved in stone like Ramses II.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2012-11-02 17:25  

#9  That's OK, Sherry. I don't care if I don't hear about it, as long as the bad guys end up dead.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia   2012-11-02 16:07  

#8  Expect some bad boys coming up dead.... however, we won't know about it....
Posted by: Sherry   2012-11-02 15:45  

#7  C'mon, you guys. There's an election coming up and the Champ needs to look like he's doing something.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2012-11-02 14:02  

#6  Can we get the Elmer Fudd "Shh, be vewy, vewy quiet' graphic for this?
Posted by: Glenmore   2012-11-02 13:59  

#5  A U.S. official would not provide details on the classified unit in the region but said it includes elite U.S. special operations commandos trained for counterterrorism missions, like the Navy's Seal Team Six, known formally as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

Good. Glad we're not revealing any details on this classified unit...
Posted by: tu3031   2012-11-02 13:51  

#4  The region near Libya. Is that like a quarter of a hemisphere or something?
Posted by: M. Murcek   2012-11-02 13:51  

#3  Foy Eyes Only press release
Posted by: M. Murcek   2012-11-02 13:49  

#2  in a word ... GOOD! Hope they see some action :-)
Posted by: Raider   2012-11-02 13:49  

#1  but shhhhh - it's a secret
Posted by: Frank G   2012-11-02 13:31  

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