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Via state/gov/DPB/July 15, 2014:
QUESTION: Can I ask one about Libya?
MS. PSAKI: Sure.
QUESTION: It does seem as if – well, that the airport is – continue to be shelled, most of the planes even are damaged, I don’t – and the Embassy is near the airport, I mean, and it doesn’t seem as if there’s been any movement on any type of evacuation. So I’m just wondering what’s going on.
MS. PSAKI: Well, we’re obviously deeply concerned about the level of violence in Libya and some of the incidents you referred to. Every day, we make assessments about the level of violence and the impact on our personnel there, but I don’t have anything to predict for you or outline in terms of any changes to our security posture or level of staffing on the ground.
QUESTION: I mean, it seems as if there wouldn’t be any way for those employees to get out unless you had some kind of airlift because the airport is inoperable right now.
MS. PSAKI: Well, again, Elise, I think it’s safe to say that we evaluate every single factor when we’re making determinations about our staff. There’s nothing more important than the safety, almost nothing more important than the safety and security of our staff, but we do that in private and I have nothing to outline for you here from – publicly.
QUESTION: Is Ambassador Satterfield in Libya now or here?
MS. PSAKI: I know – I’m not sure, actually, where he is. We can check and see if we can get that information to you.
Meanwhile in the “why are we still in Tripoli edition?”our ambassador tweets this:
Rumor control: the US has no/no lethal drones in Libyan airspace. We are not engaged in this fighting, just trying to stay safe under fire.
— Safira Deborah (@SafiraDeborah) July 23, 2014
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- Fighting erupts around Libya’s main airport (aljazeera.com)
- About That $10 Million Rewards for Justice for Benghazi – Was It In Morse Code? (diplopundit.net)
- US Embassy Libya: Decision to Evacuate Grows By the Minute, Satterfield as Libya Envoy (diplopundit.net)
- Militias Battle for Libya’s Airport (voanews.com)
- Libya looks to International Criminal Court to prosecute militias (libyaherald.com)
- US warns of ‘widespread conflict’ in Libya (aljazeera.com)
- Tripoli Airport Is Now a Battleground in Libya (mashable.com)
- Benghazi looms as concerns about safety of Libya embassy mount (csmonitor.com)
- Rival Factions in Libyan Capital Battle for Control of Main Airport (nytimes.com)