US operations in Egypt and Libya were attacked with the American ambassador to Libya and 3 others killed during the mob.
U.S. officials say the Pentagon is arranging two warships near the Libyan coast following the attack on the U.S. consulate.
Officials say one destroyer, the USS Laboon, moved to a position off the coast Wednesday, and the USS McFaul is en route and should be stationed off the coast within days.
The officials say the Tomahawk-carrying ships do not have a specific mission but commanders have the flexibility to respond to any mission ordered by the president. The destroyers have crews totaling about 300. (As of 1am UTC 13th September 2012)
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Pentagon sending warships to Libya following death of ambassador killed in ‘coordinated al Qaeda revenge attack by terrorists who used Libyan Mohammed movie protest as cover’
US ambassador Christopher Stevens died of ‘smoke inhalation’ after grenade attack on consulate in Benghazi. He had been trying to evacuate staff at US compound as furious mob of extremists attacked
Marines on their way to Benghazi to provide additional security and drones expected to gather intelligence.
Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information manager, was also shot dead by armed militants.