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US moves troops in prep for more action in S Sudan
US moves troops to prepare for possible South Sudan evacuations, security
By PAULINE JELINEK and LOLITA C. BALDOR
Associated Press
2013-12-24 03:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense officials say the U.S. is moving additional Marines and aircraft from Spain to the Horn of Africa to provide embassy security and help with evacuations from violence-wracked South Sudan.

A Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, says the commander in Africa is getting the forces ready for any request that may come from the State Department.

A defense official says the extra forces moving to Djibouti will bring the total U.S. troops there to 150, with 10 aircraft, including Osprey helicopters and C-130 transport planes. The official was not authorized to speak publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Troops deployed last week helped evacuate Americans and other foreign nationals and provided security at the U.S. Embassy in Juba. Another couple hundred Americans remain in the country.

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