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U.S. boots on the ground in Libya. Eight of them.

WASHINGTON – There are U.S. boots on the ground in Libya.

After pledging for months no American “boots on the ground” would be in Libya, a small military team arrived in Tripoli this weekend to help the State Department reestablish the U.S. embassy.

“There are four DOD personnel assisting the State Department assessment team in Tripoli, as they consider how and where and when to reopen, and re-establish the embassy there,” said Capt. John Kirby, spokesman for the Joint Staff.

Kirby said they are there as advisors and equipped for personal protection and to assess if the badly damaged U.S. facility was usable. Two of the members are explosive ordinance specialists.

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