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May 10, 2013 5:11 PM by Connie Murphy

US forces in Europe on alert due to Libya unrest

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior U.S. military official says Marines and other American forces in Europe have been placed on a heightened state of alert in response to a deteriorating security situation in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

The alert order applies to a U.S. special operations team based in Stuttgart, Germany, as well as a Marine group of air and ground forces based in Moron, Spain, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official said Friday there is no immediate plan to use any of the forces, but a portion of the approximately 500 Marines in Spain have been notified they might be repositioned for a quicker potential response to trouble in Tripoli.

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