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US raises alert for warships, Marines in Mid-East

DEBKAfile [1]
August 5, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is reported by CNN to be considering a special deployment of US forces in the Middle East ready for action if a terrorist attack makes it necessary.

US warships have been ordered to sail into waters opposite Yemen, which is reported to be the source of the terrorist threat which has closed 19 US embassies and consulates in the Muslim world since Sunday. Marine units in southern Italy and Spain were also told to stand ready for intervention.