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U.S. sends forces to Uganda for possible S. Sudan evacs

The US military on Tuesday deployed a small team of marines to Uganda to prepare for possible further evacuations of Americans from violence-wracked South Sudan, officials said. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren said a "platoon-sized" contingent of marines and a C-130 aircraft had been detached from a deployment in Djibouti and sent to Entebbe, Uganda. The deployment was made with the knowledge and cooperation of authorities in Uganda, he added. On Monday the Pentagon deployed a roughly 150-strong special Marine Corps unit to Djibouti, the site of a major US base, along with cargo planes and helicopters.