Crap. Fox News is reporting that four US military personnel are being held by the Libyan government.
The New York Times reported the episode appeared to have taken place in a tourist area about an hour’s drive from the capital of Tripoli and that the region was generally considered friendly to Westerners.
Not a whole lot of information is available right now, but I’ll let y’all know more if I find out anything.
UPDATE: CNN reports:
The four are believed to be held by the ministry of the interior, the official, with knowledge of the situation, said on condition of anonymity.
It was not immediately known why the American personnel were in Libyan custody. “We are seeking to further ascertain the facts and ensure their release,” the official said.
The four were in Libya “augmenting security at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli,” the official said.
UPDATE 2: I did see some photos of those allegedly detained in Libya on Twitter. I’m not linking to them here, though. They include passports and what look like security badges. OPSEC, people!
UPDATE 3: New York Times has a bit more detail
According to initial reports received by officials in Washington, the four were believed to have been reviewing potential evacuation routes for diplomats when they were detained.
After running into a problem at a checkpoint — many of which are run by local militias — they were detained and later moved to the Ministry of Interior, said administration officials who asked not to be identified because they were discussing internal reports.
UPDATE 4: Al Jazeera tweets that the Americans have been released.
Four US military personnel detained in Libya have been released – Reuters.
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