The United States has increased its military forces in Sicily should the need arise to evacuate its diplomats from Libya, according to a Thursday report by Egypt's Nile TV. Two planes and 200 Marines have been transferred to the American base in Sigonella. Last week, the U.S. put Marines and special units in western Europe on alert, following the deterioration of the security situation in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
The U.S. wants to avoid a repeat of the September 11, 2012 attack on its diplomatic mission in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and four others were killed and ten were wounded. The Obama Administration's handling of that attack is a cause of controversy in the U.S.