The United States is deploying an amphibious assault vessel carrying 1,000 marines near the Libya coast in case the US embassy must be evacuated, a US defense official said Tuesday.

The USS Bataan was to be in the area “in a matter of days,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The move was described as “precautionary” in case conditions in Libya, where militia battles have plunged the country into anarchy, worsen and require the embassy’s evacuation. […]