“In recent days both the U.S. embassy and British embassy in Libya have removed non-essential staff from their embassies.
A specialized Marine unit based in Moron, Spain, is in the process of being repositioned closer to Libya; and in Stuttgart, Germany, a special operations force assigned to AFRICOM has been placed on heightened alert.
Neither team has moved yet.
The positioning comes after a series of disturbing security developments. Protests broke out Sunday in the capital. The U.S., Britain and France — the coalition that overthrew Muammar Qaddafi — issued a joint warning Wednesday to the militias to observe the rule of law, amid concerns about rising tensions between armed rival factions. In Benghazi, there were two explosions at police stations.
The State Department issued a warning Thursday saying the security situation in Tripoli “deteriorated when armed groups seized Libyan government buildings in a dispute over a law regarding officials of the former regime.” ”