US temporarily reduces more staff from Libya embassy

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The United States is temporarily withdrawing more staff from its embassy in Libya’s capital for security reasons, but hopes to return them to Tripoli early next week, said the U.S. State Department.

“This is a temporary further drawdown of staff for security reasons. We will review our posture again early next week with the goal of restoring staff as soon as conditions allow,” a State Department official said in New York, where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is attending the U.N. General Assembly.

The senior official declined to say how many staff were being withdrawn or discuss specifics.

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed during what Washington has called a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11.