Marines Ready to Enter South Sudan

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 and released by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army soldiers of the East Africa Response Force (EARF), a Djibouti-based joint team assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, prepare to load onto a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to support with an ordered departure of personnel from Juba, South Sudan. Gunfire hit three U.S. military CV-22 Osprey aircraft Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 trying to evacuate American citizens in Bor, the capital of the remote region of Jonglei state in South Sudan, that on Saturday became a battle ground between South Sudan's military and renegade troops, officials said, with four U.S. service members wounded in the attack. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Tech. Sgt. Micah Theurich)

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    A group of 150 U.S. Marines are poised and awaiting orders to enter South Sudan to help evacuate about 100 remaining citizens and provide security for the American embassy there. Around 380 citizens have already been evacuated amid a looming civil war in the world’s newest country, which in the last week has already seen hundreds dead and thousands more displaced. U.S. Africa Command cited as reason for the move, the lessons learned in Benghazi last year when three Americans and Ambassador Christopher Stevens were killed by militants. “We needed to be better postured, in order to respond to developing or crisis situations, if needed. These precautionary movements will allow us to do just that," the statement read.

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