Friday, April 19, 2013 10:19 am
Spain authorizes US rapid reaction force in south
The Associated Press
The authorization stems from a 1988 cooperation agreement between Spain and the U.S. and was granted for a period of one year by Spain's Cabinet on Friday.
Spain previously authorized the temporary deployment from March to November, 2011, of up to 45 aircraft at the Moron and Rota bases.
The U.S. Embassy in Madrid said Friday that "following the tragedy in the Libyan city of Benghazi," where four U.S. citizens were killed, the U.S. recognized the need for a force able to respond quickly to crises in northwest Africa.