Pentagon officials are considering using US Marine counter-terrorism units in Libya to provide assistance for the FBI team investigating last month’s terrorist attack at the US consulate.
The Marine Corp unit, which is a part of the Fleet Anti- Terrorism Security (FAST) team, is being discussed by both the Pentagon and State Department officials.
The State Department does have the final say on whether they will accompany FBI officials.
The Marines unit has been in Tripoli since last month’s attack on the consulate left a US ambassador and three other American Nationals dead.
However, the FBI team has been stranded in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, unable to visit the site of the attack due to the dangerous security situation in Benghazi.
The FBI team has conducted interviews with State Department and other U.S. officials who were in Libya during the attack, but was denied access to those in Libyan custody, according to recent news reports.
The White House has come under heavy criticism for its changing accounts of the Benghazi strike, as well as the lack of security at the Consulate at the time of the attack.