100 Marines to Liberia by Thursday as Part of U.S. Ebola Response

October 10, 2014 5:06 PM

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PENTAGON — U.S. Africa Command is deploying 100 U.S. Marines to Liberia to establish an interim air support for Ebola relief operations ahead of additional Army troops from the 101st Airborne Division due by the end of the month, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters in a Wednesday press briefing.

The Marines — and four MV-22 Ospreys tilt-rotors and two KC-130J Hercules transport planes — will land in Dakar, Senegal on Wednesday and move to the Liberian capital of Monrovia, “to provide interim resupply and transportation support” on Thursday, Kirby said.

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