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Tango0105 Jan 2019 10:11 p.m. PST

"US troops will assist US citizens, personnel in DRC if violent protests over recent elections threaten their security.

The US military has deployed soldiers to Gabon amid fears of violent protests in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after its presidential election.

US President Donald Trump told US Congress on Friday that the first of about 80 troops had arrived in Gabon on Wednesday to protect US citizens and diplomatic facilities should violence break out in DRC's capital Kinshasa…."
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Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2019 10:03 a.m. PST

Al Jazeera calls it deploying troops. Not surprised there.

It's more like adding some marines to the embassy and consulates.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2019 12:11 p.m. PST

Preparations for a Non-Combantant Evacuation Order (NEO). Unusual to see time to make preparations for a NEO in advance-usually AFTER an event takes place that calls for it.

Many probably don't realize that the US Government remains reponsible for the safety of it's citizens regardless where in the world they may be. A NEO is an operation designed to afford US citizens the ability to safely (as much safety as possible) leave the country they are in with security and logistical arrangements made for those who want to leave. Of course, some may not want to leave and they would not be forced to. Those who remain behind must sign waivers releasing the Government from continued attempts to "rescue" them at a later date because they elected to stay.

Tango0106 Jan 2019 3:26 p.m. PST

Other countries made the same move….


GurKhan07 Jan 2019 4:00 a.m. PST

Interesting timing given today's coup attempt in Gabon.

The Archer07 Jan 2019 9:48 a.m. PST


And I had no idea the leader of Gabon had the last name of Bongo.

I read this today and thought of Bongoleisia, that (in)famous Nation.

Is that horrible?

Tango0107 Jan 2019 11:21 a.m. PST

It is….(smile)


Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2019 11:20 a.m. PST

And maybe not. Strangely two days later, a coup is repulsed.

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