The Address | Benghazi – Libya
LIBYA – The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced today the evacuation of troops through Janzour in the first confirmation of their presence on the Libyan soil.
In a press release, AFRICOM has announced the evacuation of a group of US forces supporting it on the ground temporarily and in response to the increasing unrest in Tripoli.
AFRICOM revealed, for the first time, that its mission in Libya includes military support to diplomatic missions, counter-terrorism activities, enhancing partnerships, and improving security across the region.
“U.S. Africa Command remains committed to a secure and stable Libya, which contributes to regional security. U.S. Africa Command is conducting prudent military planning while continuing to assess the security situation.” AFRICOM said.
“The security realities on the ground in Libya are growing increasingly complex and unpredictable,” said U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command. “Even with an adjustment of the force, we will continue to remain agile in support of existing U.S. strategy.”
This is the first time that AFRICOM has recognized its presence on Libyan territory.
The Libya Address Journal has published photos and video today showing US amphibious transport carriers evacuating individual from Palm City in Janzour west of Tripoli, where the United Nations Support Mission in Libya and other international diplomatic missions are located.