US Deploy Troops to Bolster Security at American Embassy in South Sudan

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US Deploy Troops to Bolster Security at American Embassy in South Sudan

A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command stages on a hasty landing zone during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel drill at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia in November. (Cpl. Akeel Austin/Marine Corps)

The United States has deployed additional 40 troops to boost the security of American embassy in South Sudan. The move came just days after a spat of fighting killed hundreds in the country’s capital.

The deployed troops are likely a contingent from the U.S. Marine Corps’ crisis-response force based out of Morón, Spain. They will help with the departure of the embassy’s “non-essential personnel.” According to reports, the facility is not evacuating.

Clashes between troops loyal to South Sudan’s president and its vice president started in Juba, South Sudan’s capital last week. Hundreds were reportedly killed. Some United Nations camps came under mortar and machine-gun fire by Sudanese forces. Two Chinese UN peacekeepers were killed.

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