Libya Evacuations: US Military Rushes Embassy Workers to Safety

How embassy personnel left embassy in Tripoli.
2:22 | 07/27/14

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To the daring and dangerous evacuation of the American embassy in Libya. A caravan of workers rushed out of the country with a heavy military presence on the ground and a drone hovering overhead. Terry, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. This extraordinary episode, another sign these days the middle east is coming apart at the seams. Since the fall of moammar Gadhafi, Libya has become a giant gang war. The violence so fierce and chaotic that the decision was made in Tripoli and in Washington, it was time to go. This morning, the dramatic and daring rescue of 150 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli. They had to drive through the deadly streets of war-torn Libya, a heavy military presence on stand by. Teams of quick-reaction Marines ready to swoop in. A convoy of armored SUVs to protect at least 70 staff members including ambassador Debra Jones. In the sky, two f-16 fighter jets and a drone. At sea, a U.S. Destroyer. The only way out, driving will you high-risk streets and heading north, along the african coast until arriving in Tunisia. It seems to be more of a prophylactic measure than a withdrawal. Reporter: The ambassador warned of this. Our neighborhood a bit too close to the action. Diplomatic missions to be avoided please. Before fleeing, embassy staff destroyed classified document, just as it was depicted in "Argo." Burn everything. Files, file cabinets. This was probably planned well ahead of timing. It was a matter of doing the final things you have to do before you leave your office and turn out the lights. Reporter: Secretary of state Kerry saying this evacuation is a temporary measure. The American diplomatic efforts in Libya will continue. The fighting among ribl militias shows now signs of lessening. The state department taking extreme precaution. We're going stay overseas.

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