An unidentified U.S. military official told CNN on Tuesday morning that the move was made in coordination with the State Department on Monday. The official called it “a prudent measure,” according to CNN.
The Marines were moved to the naval base at Sigonella, which is not far from Africa.
Over the weekend, American soldiers raided the Tripoli home of Abu Anas al-Libi, and took him into their custody. Al Libi is an al Qaeda operative indicted in U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 that left more than 200 people dead and several thousand wounded.
Libya’s official news agency, LANA, reports the government has summoned U.S. Ambassador Deborah Jones to question her about what Libya considers an ”abduction.”
Obama administration officials say al-Libi will be tried in a federal courtroom.
The operation in Libya happened simultaneously with an unsuccessful SEAL Team Six operation in Somalia in which members failed to capture the leader of al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab. The team had to abort the mission because children were used as human shields, reports say.