The Obama administration failed to act against Libyan Islamists who attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last year during the capture last weekend of a senior al Qaeda terrorist in Tripoli according to U.S. officials.
Meanwhile, the Somali terrorist group al Shabaab is “gripped with fear” following the unsuccessful covert U.S. military strike against one of its leaders.
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.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey faced harsh Senate criticism on Thursday for failing to send rescue forces during the deadly Benghazi terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012.
Americans have an “irrational fear” of terrorism and are more likely “to be killed by a dog than a jihadi terrorist,” according to a left-leaning national security expert who rejected the notion that al Qaeda is alive and well despite the terror group’s recent murder of a U.S. ambassador in Libya.
Obama administration officials continue to maintain that the deadly attack on the United States consulate in Libya was “hasty and poorly organized,” despite intelligence indicating that al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists both planned and acted in a highly coordinated manner, reports show.
As President Barack Obama’s administration has sought to contain the political fallout from a Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi that claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, responsibility for the attack, and the failure to properly explain it to the American people, has been assigned to a number of individuals.
Several agents tasked with defending murdered United States Ambassador Christopher Stevens left his side to retrieve their weapons and armor as the U.S. consulate in Libya came under attack by heavily armed militants, according to testimony provided by State Department officials Wednesday during an often tense congressional hearing on the attack.
President Barack Obama’s campaign continues to claim that it has “decimated” al Qaeda, the world’s most notorious terror group, despite increasing evidence the group is expanding and despite an al Qaeda attack that left four Americans, including an ambassador, dead.
The U.S. Embassy in Libya was aware of potential threats days before violence there claimed the lives of four American diplomats, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, according to a report in the Daily Beast.