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U.S. forces put on alert over Libya

| Friday, May 10, 2013, 9:39 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Marines and other U.S. forces in Europe are on a heightened state of alert in response to a deteriorating security situation in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, two American officials said on Friday.

The alert order applies to a U.S. special operations team based in Stuttgart, Germany, as well as a Marine Corps group of air and ground forces based in Moron, Spain, according to the officials.

The United States has a contingent of dozens of Marines at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

The officials said there is no plan to use any of the forces under current circumstances, but a portion of the approximately 500 Marines in Spain have been notified that they might be repositioned for a quicker potential response to trouble in Tripoli.

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