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"We are still trying to ascertain the facts of the incident," Psaki said in an evening statement. "These four military personnel were operating in an area near Sabratha as part of security preparedness efforts when they were taken into custody."
Psaki added that the U.S. values its relationship "with the new Libya."
"We have a strategic partnership based on shared interests and our strong support for Libya's historic democratic transition," she said.
While many details about the detention of the servicemen were unknown Friday, but Libya has been grappling with heightened violence since a 2011 civil war in which longtime leader Moammar Kadafi was ousted from power and killed.
Early this week, a suicide car bombing killed at least 13 people in Bersis, about 30 miles from Benghazi. There was also a fatal attack on an American schoolteacher this month in Benghazi, where U.S. Ambassador J.
As armed groups have battled one another, as well as security forces, in Benghazi, a number of diplomatic missions in the city have closed. The fighting has created instability in the oil market as militias have seized ports and oil fields nearby to use as bargaining chips with Zidan's government, which has lost control of broad swaths of the country.
Though U.S. officials released few details about the incident Friday night, Obama went about his normal routine while on vacation in Hawaii, spending much of the afternoon with his family at a beach at the Bellows Air Force Station on Oahu and later heading out to dinner in Waikiki.