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  • ** FILE ** Smoke rises from the direction of Tripoli airport in Tripoli, Libya, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Rival militias battled Sunday for the control of the international airport in Libya's capital, as gunfire and explosions echoed through the city and airlines canceled some international flights. (AP Photo)

    U.S. evacuates embassy in Libya amid violent clashes between militias

    The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

  • AP source: Army team to begin Libyan training prep

    A small team of soldiers will go into Libya in the coming weeks to begin preparations for a larger U.S. mission to train Libyan troops in Bulgaria, a senior Army official said Wednesday.

  • FILE - This Sept 13, 2012 file photo shows a Libyan man investigating the inside of the  U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the deadly assault on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, laying blame on the State Department, the late Ambassador Chris Stevens and the intelligence community for failing to communicate and heed warnings of terrorist activity in the area and protect diplomatic facilities. The highly critical report also says the U.S. military was not positioned to aid the Americans in need, though the head of Africa Command had offered military security teams that Stevens _ who was killed in the attack _ had rejected weeks before the attack. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

    Benghazi attack was preventable, Senate panel says

    Both highly critical and bipartisan, a Senate report declared Wednesday that the deadly assault on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented. The account spreads blame among the State Department, the military and U.S. intelligence for missing what now seem like obvious warning signs.

  • An Afghan security guard keeps watch Tuesday as villagers listen to a speech by an Afghan official. They are part of a delegation attending a prayer ceremony for civilian victims in a killing spree Sunday, possibly by a U.S. soldier, in Kandahar province. (Associated Press)

    Taliban threaten to behead troops

    Taliban militants threatened to behead Americans in Afghanistan, as gunmen opened fire Tuesday on a memorial service for civilians killed by a U.S. soldier and protests erupted over a series of U.S. actions that is spreading outrage throughout the country.

  • U.S. Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, staff director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives an operational update on Libya at the Pentagon outside Washington on Sunday, March 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Pentagon: Gadhafi forces in disarray after assault

    Coalition jets patrolled the no-fly zone over Libya on Monday but launched no new strikes after scattering and isolating Col. Moammar Gadhafi's forces with a weekend of punishing air attacks, Pentagon officials said.

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    Taxpayers foot State Department's stiff liquor bill

    Months after President Obama urged federal agencies last year to cut wasteful spending, the U.S. Department of State paid $3,814 to fill an order of Jack Daniel's whiskey for gratuities at one of its many overseas embassies. The booze buy wasn't unusual.

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