Spain agrees to larger US Marine 'crisis' team at base

Firefighters stand in front of an air traffic control tower at the Moron de la Frontera air base, on March 18, 2011, near SevillaSpain has approved plans to host an expanded US Marine Corps force that is designed to respond to crises in Africa and rescue American diplomats in emergencies, officers said Monday. The “crisis response” task force was created in the aftermath of the 2012 deadly attack on a US diplomatic post in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left four Americans dead. Under the agreement with Madrid, the US military presence at Moron air base will increase to 850 Marines, along with additional aircraft, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters. “Spain has agreed to allow the task force to temporarily base there for an additional year and to increase the number of Marines from 500 to 850,” Warren said, adding Washington was grateful to the Spanish government for the decision.

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