There has been a sudden transfer of heavy American Air Force Transport planes from air bases in South Carolina, to the Rhine main air base near Frankfurt.
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Background: There has been a sudden transfer of heavy American Air Force Transport planes from air bases in South Carolina, to the Rhine main air base near Frankfurt. The planes are the C124 'Globemasters' which could carry two hundred men and a light tank. Another twenty planes are being held ready for an airlift, which may be of tanks into the Lebanon, or of American residents (of whom there are about 3,600) out of the trouble area.
The United States action in flying 18 big C. 124 military transports to Germany for use if required reflects Mr. Dulles's decision to be ready to intervene in the Lebanon if requested. So far Lebanon has not asked for American intervention and officials hope it will not be necessary. Mr. Dulles has told Senators that the United States is ready to put troops into the Lebanon if asked to do so by Mr. Chamoun's government, provided also that the Lebanon takes her complaint of 'massive interference' within her borders by Nasser's United Arab Republic to the Security Council.