Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Looks like three State Dept. employees have resigned as a result of the report (and actions or lack there of) re: the 9/11/12 attack on our Mission in Benghazi. Seems like the most glaring mistake was not just lack of security but glance at the list below and you can quickly see this was not exactly a safe place. Maybe I don’t understand foreign diplomatic service but why did/do we have people in Benghazi in the first place?
March 18, 2012 – Armed robbery occurs at the British School in Benghazi. March 22, 2012 – Members of a militia searching for a suspect fire their
weapons near the SMC and attempt to enter.      
April 2, 2012 – A UK armored diplomatic vehicle is attacked
April 6, 2012 – A gelatina bomb is thrown over the SMC north wall.
April 10, 2012 – An IED (gelatina or dynamite stick) is thrown at the
motorcade of the UN Special Envoy to Libya in Benghazi.  
April 26, 2012 – Special Mission Benghazi principal officer is evacuated from International Medical University (IMU) after a fistfight escalated to
gunfire between Tripoli-based trade delegation security personnel and IMU
April 27, 2012 – Two South African nationals in Libya as part of U.S.-
funded weapons abatement, are detained at gunpoint by militia, questioned and released.
May 22, 2012 – Benghazi International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
building struck by rocket propelled grenades (RPGs).
May 28, 2012 – A previously unknown organization, Omar Abdurrahman
group, claims responsibility for the ICRC attack and issues a threat against the United States.
June 6, 2012 – IED attack on the SMC. The IED detonates with no injuries but blows a large hole in the compound’s exterior wall.
June 11, 2012 – The British Ambassador’s convoy is attacked with an RPG and possible AK-47s. Two UK security officers are injured; the UK closes its mission in Benghazi the following day.
June 18, 2012 – Protestors storm the Tunisian consulate in Benghazi.
July 29, 2012 – An IED is found on grounds of the Tibesti Hotel.      
July 30, 2012 – Sudanese Consul in Benghazi is carjacked and driver beaten. July 31, 2012 – Seven Iranian-citizen ICRC workers abducted in Benghazi. August 5, 2012 – ICRC Misrata office is attacked with RPGs. ICRC
withdraws its representatives from Misrata and Benghazi.
August 9, 2012 – A Spanish-American NGO worker is abducted from the Islamic Cultural Center in Benghazi and released the same day.
August 20, 2012 – A small bomb is thrown at an Egyptian diplomat’s
vehicle parked outside of the Egyptian consulate in Benghazi.

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