At about 10 p.m.the compound housing the American diplomatic mission came under fire "from unidentified Libyan extremists," one of the officials said. Just 15 minutes later, the attackers had breached the perimeter and trained their fire on the main building, setting it ablaze.
"They became separated from each other due to the heavy, dark smoke while they were trying to evacuate the burning building, They were unable, however, to locate Chris before they were driven from the building due to the heavy fire and smoke and the continuing small arms fire."
At 10:45 p.m., security personnel tried to retake the main building but were repelled. At 11:20 p.m.,
By 2:30 a.m., Libyan forces helped the Americans to take control.
The Secretary of State, and by extension, the Chief of Mission (COM), are responsible for developing and implementing security policies and programs that provide for the protection of all U.S. Government personnel (including accompanying dependents) on official duty abroad. This mission is executed through the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS). Personal and facility protection are the most critical elements of the DS mission abroad as they directly impact upon the Department’s ability to carry out its foreign policy. With terrorist organizations and coalitions operating across international borders, the threat of terrorism against U.S. interests remains great. Therefore, any U.S. mission overseas can be a target even if identified as being in a low-threat environment.
As a result, DS is more dedicated than ever to its mission of providing a secure living and working environment for our Foreign Service colleagues as they implement foreign policy and promote U.S. interests around the world. Nearly 800 DS special agents serve in regional security offices at over 250 posts worldwide. The DS special agents, also called regional security officers (RSOs) when serving abroad, manage security programs and also provide the first line of defense for our personnel, their families, U.S. diplomatic missions, and national security information. RSOs serve as the primary advisor to the COM on all security matters by developing and implementing security programs that shield U.S. missions and residences overseas from physical and technical attack.
Securing Our Embassies Overseas
WASHINGTON - Intelligence experts and U.S. government officials are starting to view the attack in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi as a coordinated attack.
Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., went as far Wednesday to say the attack had all the hallmarks of al-Qaida.
"This was a coordinated attack, more of a commando style event. It had both coordinated fire, direct fire, indirect fire," Rogers said following an intelligence briefing on Capitol Hill.
Originally posted by CaptainBeno
Hmmm this is something you don't see every day? Actually defining who was at fault? Not taring everybody with the same stick....................are things finally changing? I am lost for words?
The US secretary of state has blamed a "small and savage group" for the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in which four Americans were killed.
Speaking in Washington, Hillary Clinton said that it was not the people or government of Libya that should be held responsible and that "Libyans stood and fought to defend our post".
Meanwhile, President Obama has ordered a tightening of security at US diplomatic posts around the globe.