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    U.S. Ambassador to Libya killed

    U.S. Ambassador to Libya killed

    Multiple news agencies are reporting that the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three others were killed in a rocket attack on their vehicle (although reports as to where he was at the time conflict).  The State Department has not confirmed as of this writing.  (Update – The White House has confirmed.)

    Via al Jazeera:

    Via Reuters:

    The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on their car, a Libyan official said, as they were rushed from a consular building stormed by militants denouncing a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad….

    The Libyan official said the ambassador, Christopher Stevens, was being driven from the consulate building to a safer location when gunmen opened fire.

    “The American ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets at them,” the official in Benghazi told Reuters.

    Via Al Ahram English:

    Al-Jazeera’s Suleiman Idrissi in Benghazi reported that the ambassador had been paying a short visit to the Eastern city, when the US building came under attack.

    Security sources told the pan-Arab news agency that Stevens died of suffocation. The bodies of the dead were transported to the Benghazi international airport, to be flown to Tripoli and then onwards to a major US airbase in Germany, Al Jazeera added…..

    Stevens had served as an envoy to Libya’s National Transitional Council during the Libyan uprising last year. The last US ambassador to be killed on duty was Adolph Dubs who died in an exchange of fire during a kidnapping attempt in Afghanistan in 1979.

    Updates:

    A photo is circulating of what purports to show Libyan protesters carrying the body of the Ambassador.  It is unconfirmed.

    Looks like photo confirmed, Ambassador body dragged through streets (image and story at Right Scoop — graphic)

    Temple of Mut has more.

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    How embarrassing to be an Obama supporter this morning. Carter-lite, indeed. All Hope and Change has turned to Dread and Regret. That is it has if one has normal intelligence and feelings. On the other hand …….


     
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    Jay Jones | September 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    There are some reports that the pics were of people trying to help the ambassador. For his family’s sake, I hope that was the case.

    It’s clear, through hindsight, that the consulate was reopened too soon. Perhaps, it shouldn’t have opened at all, possibly later (after better security was installed) or should have closed again. Especially, in light of the Brits leaving.

    But, if you look back at the timing of the announcement of it reopening a few things catches one’s eye.

    First, Gaddafi was still around.

    Second, we still didn’t know who was going to be in charge in Gaddafi’s absence.

    And, third. Obama really needed a foreign policy win to push the success of “smart diplomacy”/lead from behind policies.


       
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      Henry Hawkins in reply to Jay Jones. | September 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      “It’s clear, through hindsight, that the consulate was reopened too soon. Perhaps, it shouldn’t have opened at all, possibly later (after better security was installed) or should have closed again.”

      According to reports I heard, security was handled by Libyan nationals. Unnamed ‘Libyan officials’ moved embassy staff to another building – then betrayed their location to the protesters who went over and killed them. Reports said the two US Marines who were killed were sent there from a different location. In other words, a clusterfark all the way around.


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