US president says killing of ambassador and staff in Benghazi will not break political bonds between the two countries.
President Barack Obama has pledged to bring to justice those who attacked the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing an American ambassador for the first time in 33 years.
The Tuesday night assault, which came amid a protest and reportedly involved RPGs and grenades, left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other US personnel dead, as well as five others wounded.
US officials confirmed to Al Jazeera that a special unit of roughly 50 members of the Marine Corps had been dispatched to Libya to reinforce the troops guarding diplomats there, as two warships headed to the Libyan coast.
The Marines’ Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) detachment is specially trained to deploy repidly to protect government workers overseas.
Speaking at the White House early on Wednesday, Obama pledged that the incident would not “break the bonds” between the two countries.