More Leathernecks will be at the ready after the military was unable to get timely aid to Benghazi, Libya last year, during a terror attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and members of his security detail.
The force had not yet been formally approved, he said, but added, “we think that that will be available in the relatively near future.”
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had previously told lawmakers that U.S. forces were unable to quickly respond to the Benghazi attack.
“Without an adequate warning, there was not enough time given the speed of the attack for armed military assets to respond,” Mr. Panetta testified last month.
Africom was also looking to station other special operations teams in three strategic locations in southern Europe, and east and west Africa to bolster the command’s response capabilities, Gen. Ham said.
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Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...
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