Col. Adam L. Chalkley, incoming commanding officer of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa, at Morón Air Base, Spain, March 21, 2018. ~US Marine Corps/Cpl. Holly Pernell
The commander of a special Marine Corps task force said Friday that conditions on the ground are improving for the return a US diplomatic mission to Libya, six years after a devastating attack on the American consulate in Benghazi left four Americans dead.
Col. Adam Chalkley, commander of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response Africa — the unit created as a result of the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attack that killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans — said he spent much of his time on a recent six-month deployment helping to ensure there would be no repeat of that tragedy.
"There were indications that ... recent improvements in the landscape and the operating environment of Libya were suggestive that a reintroduction a diplomatic mission was on the near horizon," Chalkley said during a presentation at the Virginia-based Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
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