U.S.-Spain Sign Deal

The United States and Spain signed a defense agreement on Wednesday giving U.S. Marines permanent use of Moron air base, near Seville, from which they can be quickly deployed to Africa. The mission of the 850 Marines in the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force based at Moron is to intervene in crises in Africa, including humanitarian disasters. The Pentagon said, the base played a role in the crisis response unit created to focus on embassy security after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in that attack.