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There's a lot over at MilBlogs with regards to the evacuation of Americans from Lebanon.  Here, here, here and here.

Here's B-roll of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters aiding in the authorized departure of American civilians from Beirut, Lebanon, to the island of Cyprus. Scenes include helicopters landing and dropping off civilians.  Submitted by the Joint Combat Camera Center:

And here's a picture of the USS Gonzalez on the way to help with the evac:


Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - The guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) gets underway following a brief port visit to Souda Bay, Crete. Gonzalez has been assigned escort duties in support of the evacuation of U.S. citizens out of Lebanon. At the request of the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon and at the direction of the Secretary of Defense, the United States Central Command and U.S. Marines are assisting with the authorized departure of U.S. citizens from Lebanon. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Paul Farley