Four U.S. military members were detained in Libya for a short period of time before they were released. These members have not been identified, but the military has confirmed no one was hurt. The group was looking at evacuation routes and came upon a checkpoint with Libyan soldiers.
The U.S. military has assured the public that all four military members have been released unharmed, according to the New York Times. These members worked for the United States embassy and were in the country legally. It has been reported that they have all returned to the embassy and continue with their duties like before.
There may have been an altercation at the checkpoint that resulted in the arrests of the four people. The group was detained, transferred and eventually released. They were not injured or mistreated, but full details of their detention are not available. The State Department admits it is still investigating this serious incident.
The identities of the four people remain hidden, but it has been suggested they were members of special forces. Violence in Libya has left everyone concerned, and they were on a mission to look at evacuation routes that could be used by U.S. citizens. The embassy of the U.S. has not been evacuated, but it is important to stay prepared according to officials.
Details about the altercation and exactly what happened at the Libyan checkpoint have not been shared with the public. This is partly due to the State Department still working on them, but it may also be related to sensitive information that may never be shared with the media. For now, the military has confirmed everyone is safe and back at the U.S. embassy.
The latest incident will not help relieve tensions between Libya and the United States, and it will not make citizens feel safer in the country. There have been many concerns about violence and issues in Libya, so the incident does not help matters. Checkpoints are a common occurrence in the country, but this is the first time the U.S. military has shared that members were detained at one.
It is believed the checkpoint was near Sabratha in Libya, and this area is considered okay for foreigners. There does not appear to be a clear and easy explanation for what happened at the checkpoint. It is always possible a language barrier or other confusion occurred and escalated into an altercation.