Special Forces Team Forbidden to Enter Benghazi

A gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after Sept. 11, 2012, attack / AP

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(For more on Hicks' testimony, click here.)

Gregory Hicks, the deputy to the late Ambassador Christopher Stevens, told congressional investigators in April that a Special Forces team was ordered not to fly to Benghazi by the U.S. Special Operations Command South Africa, reports CBS News:

According to excerpts released Monday, Hicks told investigators that SOCAFRICA commander Lt. Col. Gibson and his team were on their way to board a C-130 from Tripoli for Benghazi prior to an attack on a second U.S. compound "when [Col. Gibson] got a phone call from SOCAFRICA which said, ‘you can't go now, you don't have the authority to go now.' And so they missed the flight … They were told not to board the flight, so they missed it." […]

Hicks told congressional investigators that if the U.S. had quickly sent a military aircraft over Benghazi, it might have saved American lives. The U.S. Souda Bay Naval Base is an hour's flight from Libya.

Hicks will be the first "ground-level eyewitness" to speak publicly about the Benghazi attacks at Wednesday’s congressional hearing.

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