Clinton briefed on troop locations in case of trouble at diplomatic missions

Image: U.S. Embassy U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is…

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Zealand - the second day - Wellington and Christchurch, November 2010
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is coordinating with the U. S. Defense Department to monitor where forces are deployed in case they are needed to quickly come to the defense of U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world.

A senior State Department official told reporters traveling with Clinton in Southeast Asia that she “has been getting regular briefings from the assistant to the chairman, a three-star admiral who travels with us … who she’s tasked with staying on top of where relevant forces are positioned to be able to come to the aid of our State Department facilities if that is ever required.”

The move comes in the midst of congressional hearings that have criticized the Obama administration for not moving quickly enough to rescue the American ambassador to Libya and other U.S. personnel who were killed in the September 11 assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Source: Jill Dougherty for CNN Security Clearance

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