Objections by Sudan's government have held up the security mission of an elite Marine team that the US planned to send to Khartoum, a US official said today. As a result, the deployment has been delayed and possibly curtailed, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to disclose details on the troop movement. The Marine unit, known as a fleet anti-terrorism security team, was ordered to Sudan in the wake of violence and protests against the US embassy.
Similar teams were sent to Libya on Wednesday after the attack that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, and to Yemen yesterday. Demonstrators in Sudan stormed the German embassy before moving on in buses to the US embassy, where police used tear gas to stop them from scaling the walls. The protests were part of demonstrations across the Muslim world against an anti-Islam film.