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Marine Crisis Team Evacuates American Embassy Staff From South Sudan

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Marines guide U.S. citizens down the flight line in Juba, South Sudan, during an evacuation of personnel from the U.S. Embassy, on Jan. 3, 2014.

The escalating violence in South Sudan has prompted a U.S. Marine crisis response team to evacuate U.S. Embassy staff from the South Sudanese city of Juba on Friday, according to U.S. Africa Command.

The Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response (SPMAGTF-CR) element used two KC-130 aircraft to airlift the Americans to Entebbe, Uganda.

The Associated Press reports about 20 Americans were evacuated to Uganda.

The U.S. State Department released a statement Friday in which spokesperson Marie Harf explained the need for the evacuation:

"We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety and security of our diplomatic personnel. As a result of this drawdown, the U.S. Embassy in Juba will not be able to provide consular services to U.S. citizens in South Sudan...

"We continue to strongly recommend that U.S. citizens in South Sudan depart immediately."

The U.S. is also providing an additional $49.8 million worth of humanitarian assistance for victims of the violence in South Sudan, according to the State Department: 

With this new assistance, the United States has provided more than $300 million in humanitarian assistance in Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 to assist South Sudanese victims of conflict as well as refugees seeking asylum in South Sudan.

Members of the U.S. Army's the East Africa Response Force (EARF) have been charged with providing security to the U.S. Embassy in Juba.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | January 3, 2014 at 11:38 a.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah get them out of there before they get Chris Stevens'd

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CaliforniaDefender | January 3, 2014 at 12:48 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Which Americans are in South Sudan? Certainly not tourists. They're either missionaries or black market dealers. Both are up to no good. Do we really need to spend resources on extracting them?

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JeanMarc | January 3, 2014 at 2:09 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I think in this case, they were working at the US embassy in Sudan.

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CaliforniaDefender | January 3, 2014 at 4:01 p.m. ― 9 months, 2 weeks ago

JM,

No, this is the new US Embassy in Juba, South Sudan not the one in Khartoum, Sudan.

I'm also not talking about embassy personnel. Although from the pictures on their website they sure seem to be living in luxury in the middle of an impoverished war torn country. They should feel some shame, but I'm sure those Washingnton-types don't.

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