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    Task Force 59 Aids in Departure of 42 American Citizens from Lebanon

    U.S. Citizens arrive in Cyprus

    Photo By Master Gunnery Sgt. Demetrio Espinosa | CYPRUS (July 16, 2006) - U.S. citizens exit a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopter...... read more read more

    CYPRUS

    07.17.2006

    Courtesy Story

    24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

    By Commander Task Force 59 Public Affairs

    CYPRUS (July 17, 2006) - Today two Marine Corps CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters aided in the voluntary departure of 42 American citizens from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The citizens were transported here where processing and accommodations were coordinated with the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus.

    Working in cooperation with U.S. Embassies in Lebanon and Cyprus, Commander Task Force 59, U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen, is leading joint U.S. military coordination efforts from Cyprus.

    The Marine helicopters are part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) currently in the middle of a six-month deployment to the European and Central Command theaters of operation.

    American forces are in the operating in the area at the request of the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon. The mission of U.S. forces here is to assist American citizens who wish to voluntarily depart Lebanon. In addition to their primary mission, the safety and security of both American citizens and forces is a top priority.

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    Date Taken: 07.17.2006
    Date Posted: 07.17.2006 12:16
    Story ID: 7189
    Location: CY

    Web Views: 426
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