The U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens, a foreign service information management officer Sean Smith and two other Americans were killed in a bloody attack in Benghazi, Libya,when a mob of protesters and gunmen overwhelmed the U.S. Consulate in September 11 2012.
Also on September 11, demonstrators attacked the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, breaching the embassy walls and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner.
Angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya sparked after the film “Innocence of Muslims,” that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, showed up on YouTube. This an English-language 13-minute trailer shows “an amateur cast performing a wooden dialogue of insults disguised as revelations about Muhammad, whose obedient followers are presented as a cadre of goons”
“This is a political movie,” said Bacile. “The U.S. lost a lot of money and a lot of people in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we’re fighting with ideas.”
Muslims find it offensive to depict Muhammad in any manner, let alone insult the prophet. And some of angry groups attacked the U.S. Embassy.
Fox News reported: ” officials described the chain of events on Tuesday night in Benghazi as follows:
At 10 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET, in Washington), the compound “began taking fire from unidentified Libyan extremists.” That compound consists of a main building, as well as several “ancillary” buildings and an annex.
Just fifteen minutes later, the attackers busted their way inside the compound and began firing into the main building, setting it on fire. At the time, there were three people inside — Stevens, department official Sean Smith and a regional security officer. After the attackers gained entry, those three became separated in the heavy smoke and fire.
The security officer made it outside, only to return in search of Smith and Stevens. They found Smith. He was already dead. However, they could not find Stevens, and had to leave the building because of the heavy smoke and “small-arms fire,” officials said.
At about 10:45 p.m. local time, U.S. security personnel tried to regain the main building but could not and returned to the annex. Thirty-five minutes later, they tried again with the help of Libyan forces. This time, they held it down, for long enough to evacuate everyone to the annex.
However, at midnight, the annex too came under fire. The attack lasted for two hours, during which time two more Americans were killed.
At around 2 a.m. local time, Libyan security forces assisted the Americans in “regaining control of the situation.”
NBC News said: Sean Smith ” was well known in the online gaming forum EVE Online, where he went by the name “vilerat,” and was seen as a leader by his fellow gamers. Smith was killed along with three others, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, when the consulate was attacked by an angry mob.
But hours before the bloody assault, Smith sent a message to Alex Gianturco, the director of “Goonswarm,” Smith’s online gaming team or “guild.”
“Assuming we don’t die tonight,” the message, which was first reported by Wired, read. “We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.”
Within hours of posting that message, Smith, a husband and father of two, was dead.
As for the rest of the U.S. Consulate staff, they were all evacuated back to Tripoli from Benghazi on Wednesday. U.S. military aircraft is also expected to leave Libya soon with the dead and wounded onboard. The staff is now in the process of being flown to Germany. According to a U.S. official, there are no U.S. personnel left at the consulate in Benghazi.
All diplomatic posts around the world have been ordered to review their security situation and make improvements where necessary.
A team of about 50 Marines has been dispatched to Libya and two Navy guided missile destroyers are being deployed off the cost, military officials told Fox News.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the attacks “outrageous and shocking” and pledging to work with the Libyan government to ensure justice was done.
Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama’s policies in Egypt and Libya “by portraying the administration as apologetic while mobs attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the embassy in Cairo”.
Some Republicans tried to rally around Romney.
“Governor Romney is absolutely right, there is no justification for these deadly attacks and we should never apologize for American freedom,” U.S. Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina said to media.
Reince Preibus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said on Twitter on Tuesday night that “Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic.”
Republicans also raise immediate questions why there wasn’t more protection for the embassies, particularly on the anniversary of 9/11.