US Diplomatic missions security
And the Arab Spring
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- A Special Purpose - Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR)
was activated and deployed in April, in Spain at Moròn Air Base. This force of about 550 Marines has 6 MV-22B Ospreys and 2 KC-130J tanker aircrafts, it is supposed to move within 6 hours of notification.
They may be scrambled soon if the unrest in Tripoli grows; after the French embassy bombing, militias had been surrounding ministries for two weeks and the US and the UK had already draw down part of their embassy staff in prevision of a possible evacuation.
- Additionally, squad-level teams can be dispatched for immediate embassy security reinforcement, Those security reinforcement teams respond directly to calls from the ambassador, chief of mission or regional security officer.