John McCain: ‘The Libyan Rebels Are My Heroes!’
The U.S. flees Libya after John McCain’s Heroes close in on American Embassy.
(CNN & Sources) — The U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated its personnel on Saturday because of heavy militia violence raging in the capital, Tripoli, the State Department said.
About 150 personnel, including 80 U.S. Marines were evacuated from the embassy in the early hours of Saturday morning and were driven across the border into Tunisia, U.S. officials confirm to CNN.
U.S. officials stress that this is a relocation of embassy personnel and the operations have been “temporarily suspended” until “the security situation on the ground improves.” The embassy will continue to operate from other locations.
A senior State Department official said some of the staff from Libya will be sent to other U.S. embassies in the region and others will come back to Washington.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the United States is grateful to Tunisia “for its cooperation and support.” She said the personnel are “traveling onward” from Tunisia.
“We are committed to supporting the Libyan people during this challenging time, and are currently exploring options for a permanent return to Tripoli as soon as the security situation on the ground improves.
Eyewitnesses in Tripoli told CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh that in the early hours of Saturday there was “a lot of movement with fighter jets and helicopters.”
[Because they cannot be trusted, and their allegiance is to the Jihad] The Libyan government was informed of the evacuation after it was carried out, according to U.S. officials.
CNN has learned there were two F-16s on combat air patrol overhead, a drone tracking the convoy to the border and a Navy destroyer offshore in the Mediterranean.
There were also several dozen heavily armed Marines flying overhead on V-22 Osprey aircraft in an “airborne response force” that were prepared to land and rapidly evacuate the Americans during the transit to the Tunisian border if they came under attack.
The Pentagon had pressed for weeks to evacuate the embassy, especially after the Tripoli airport came under repeated militia attack, leaving Americans no way to get out via commercial air, the official said. [Of course, the same State Dept. whose plan to run heavy weapons to Syria via Turkey ended in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens demurred at the Pentagon advice until the last minute]
The United Nations and other international organizations and businesses temporarily evacuated staff from Libya earlier this month.
Nearly three years after the revolution and
NATO military intervention by “McCain’s Heroes” [Al Qaeda] that overthrew the regime of Moammar Gadhafi, central government has been outgunned by the “Heroes” increasingly powerful militias .