On September 11, 2012, a partially armed group of men stormed a US diplomatic outpost in the Libyan city of Benghazi. At the time, it was not clear who they were or why they’d attacked. But by the time the attack was over, four Americans, including US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, had been killed.
Leading Up to Event:
June 1st, 2011 a car bomb explodes in front of Stevens’ hotel. In august they go to compound on west side of city. Inside the walls are four buildings. Main residence, cantina, tactical operations center, and barraks by main gate with a Libyan security force.
Oct 20 2011 Qaddafi captured and killed by rebels in his home town. With Qaddafi gone ambassador Stephens will spend much of his time at the US embassy in Tripoli, but hell come to Benghazi often and the state dept upgrades the security at the other property, extending the outer wall,. Charlene lamb of state dept. finally inside large residence a fortified panic room is built. Security on compound consists of five diplomatic security special agents and four members of the Libyan army security force. There is more security at the annex a mile away.
Feb 25 2012, US states Dept withdraws all personnel from the capital of Libya.
April 11 2012, Hillary’s State Dept. sends Stevens with a 12 man team on a boat to Benghazi.
Feb 12, 2012, lt,. K Wood arrives in Libya as new commander of the SST. The SST is slated to end its tour in Libya by summers end .
In spring in of 2012 there was an upscale of unrest in Libya.
April 6, 2012, a bomb is tossed over the wall of the Benghazi compound.
June 6, 2012, an IED is placed on compound’s north gate.
June 11, 2012, a convoy transporting Great Britain’s Ambassador is ambushed in Benghazi.
Due to the unrest in the area, Wood and Eric Nordstrom the Regional Security Officer urged the State Department to keep Woods’ SST and MSD force in Libya through the summer. They were not asking for additional security, they were simply urging to keep the security they already had.
August 5, 2012, the State Department decides to pull the SST officers and reduce the MSD force. The request to keep the officers in Benghazi was denied by Charlene Lamb.
Ms. Lamb Clip – (Death And Deceit In Benghazi – Did Obama Amind Try Hide The Truth – W Bret Bair 09:32/40:57 through 09:44)
September 10, 2012- Ambassador Chris Stephens arrives in Benghazi for a full day of meetings beginning the next morning, his first trip there since Woods’ security team left the country.
Death And Deceit In Benghazi – Did Obama Try Hide The Truth? – W Bret Bair
September 11, 2012- A mob gathers at the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and scale walls and burn the American flag. The explanation is that they are angry about a video on youtube produced in southern California, featuring a likeness of the prophet Muhammad.
Meanwhile in Benghazi, Libya, at 7:30 pm, Stephens takes his last meeting in the large residence building with a Turkish Council General. In ends after an hour and Stephens escorts the General to the gate and speaks with the gate guard. There is no sign of any protests or anyone around. The Ambassador decides to go to bed. At 9pm there is still no sign of any protests in the area over the internet video.
Along with Stephens in the main building, are five other officers and another officer in the nearby tactical operations building. Around 9:40pm, an amateur video apparently captures the first activity of movement outside the compound.
The mad mob of attackers break through main gate storm place torch it and light up cars, then move on. Witnesses report that the fighters are well armed and organized and are flying the radical Islamist flag with foreign accents.
A Special Agent David Urban quickly takes Ambassador Stephens from his bedroom, along with Sean Smith to the panic room. Urban radios the others in the compound to say that they are fine. However, they are scrambling amidst the gunfire and explosions. They get ambushed and barricade themselves in another building. The attackers get into the main residence, however, unable to get into the panic room, they leave. The attackers proceed to surround the building with diesel fuel and set it on fire. Overtaken by smoke, the men exit the panic room and try to make their way out. As they find an open window, and one of the men jimmy it open, he realizes that Stephens is not with him. He goes back inside.
He is unable to find Stephens, but rescues the other men. Later, some area locals find Stephens in the burning building and pull him out, and drag him to the hospital nearby where he died.
Despite the repeated requests for additional security, Hillary Clinton’s state department not only denied additional security, but reduced what the Ambassador already had, and ordered him right into the line of fire.
Hillary Clinton claimed that it was a spontaneous attack on the Embassy due to a You Tube video produced in Southern California, however those claims turned out to be false. Not a mistake, but a downright lie.
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