WASHINGTON (WKOW) – The State Department is ordering nonessential U.S. diplomats to leave Lebanon due to security concerns as the Obama administration and Congress decide military strikes on Syria.
A new travel warning for Lebanon was issued early Friday morning. The department says it has instructed nonessential staffers to leave Beirut and urged private American citizens to depart Lebanon.
The department has been considering this step since last week when President Barack Obama said he was contemplating military action against the Syrian government for it supposed chemical weapons attack last month that the administration said killed more than 1,400 people near Damascus.
The U.S. closed 19 embassies and consulates across Africa and the Middle East last month for more than a week after a terrorist threat.
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