Pentagon: 100 US Marines heading to Liberia

By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | Posted - Oct. 8, 2014 at 12:01 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says 100 U.S. Marines will go to Liberia on Thursday with helicopters and other transportation to help the military get to locations around the country and help with the Ebola fight.

The Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the Marines are part of a special air-ground task force out of Spain.

He says this probably will be a temporary assignment, and the Marines will remain until soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division arrive.

The soldiers will get to Liberia later this month.

The Marines will bring four MV-22 Ospreys and two KC-130 refueling aircraft to help get troops and supplies to remote locations. They are part of the up to 4,000 U.S. troops authorized to deploy to Africa in the Ebola fight.

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