06 Dec '17, 9pm

Marine units standing by to reinforce embassy security after Trump's announcement

Now that President Trump has made the controversial decision to recognize the holy city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the U.S. State Department can call upon several Marine units if needed to boost protection for U.S. embassies in the Middle East. The Marine Security Augmentation Unit consists of about 120 Marine security guards, whom ambassadors, chiefs of mission or regional security officers can summon directly. “We have contingency plans in place, in the event that violence breaks out across our area of operations,” said U.S. Central Command spokesman Maj. Josh Jacques told Marine Corps Times Wednesday. The U.S. State Department has warned U.S. embassies to heighten security in the wake of Trump’s announcement, which is likely to anger many Muslim countries. U.S. allies in the region have warned that Trump’s move could be “catastrophic .” The MSAU typically deploys...

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