U.S. marines deploy to Italy due to Libya threat, says official

The U.S. military has moved a team of marines from Spain to southern Italy as a precautionary step in case the U.S. embassy in Libya comes under threat, officials said Wednesday.

The contingent of nearly 200 marines is part of a newly-created “crisis response” force set up in the wake of a deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in the Libyan city of Benghazi in 2012.

The State Department has requested the move amid growing concerns over violence in Libya, but there was no imminent plan to evacuate the embassy in Tripoli, an administration official said.

“We’re seeing a deterioration of the security situation there,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.