Obama Sends Troops to Chad to Evacuate Americans
Security deteriorating in neighboring Central African Republic
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 30, 2012 6:56 AM CST
   (M. Sherman)

(Newser) – President Obama says 50 US troops have deployed to the African country of Chad to help evacuate US citizens and embassy personnel from the neighboring Central African Republic's capital of Bangui in the face of rebel advances toward the city. Obama informed congressional leaders of Thursday's deployment in a letter yesterday citing a "deteriorating security situation" in the Central African Republic.

The evacuation of the US diplomats comes in the wake of criticism of the Obama administration's handling of diplomatic security at its consulate in Benghazi, Libya. In the Central African Republic, rebels have seized at least 10 northern towns. They continued their advance yesterday, seizing the city of Sibut, 114 miles from Bangui.

View 1 more image

Copyright 2016 Newser, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Obama Sends Troops to Chad to Evacuate Americans is...
11%
10%
11%
47%
14%
6%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 39 comments
SilenceDogood
Dec 30, 2012 5:23 PM CST
he finally learns something..... to bad good people died for Obama to learn this lesson.
HANKHILL
Dec 30, 2012 1:49 PM CST
good luck with that caliph barak hussein obama good luck! fubo=fubar!
milosleubner
Dec 30, 2012 1:40 PM CST
Unless i am standing on my head and don't know about it - there appears to be something wrong - so he is sending 50 Marines to Chad - which is due north of Cen tral Af.R. and the capitol city - where presumably our diplomatic corps is at this time is located in very south of the country where the rebels are going to. so are the Marines hoping to get a ride from them all the way to the embassy or has Obama and his staff never seen map of Africa in their lives ? It would not suprise me .I am sure that not a singlr lawyer from Chicago has ever contamplated if Africa has a centre or not.. It is even less fun to be held hostage in Africa then it is to be so popular like that in Islamic Republic of Iran. ,In Africa they will probably eat you liver while in Iran if you don't convert the boys will chop of your head ..