Skip to comments.Benghazi: The CIA “Annex” and the Main Compound
Posted on 10/31/2012 11:09:46 PM PDT by Katechon
On September the 11th 2012, Ambassador Stevens is attacked at the Main Compound of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. At this time, former SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods, both working under the State Department (on contract to the CIA), were at the CIA "annex," a second compound 1.2 miles away.
The two SEALs made a request for military back-up during the attack on the Main Compound. It was denied (apparently by the CIA command). Two times the former SEALs were told to stand down when they requested to go to the aid of the Ambassador and his team at the Main Compound.
But the two former SEALs went anyway to the Main Compound, AGAINST ORDERS. And they RESCUED those who remained there.
Nobody is able to find the Ambassador.
The annex is about two kilometers away. My agents pile into an armored vehicle with the body of Sean, and they exit the main gate.
-- Background Conference Call With Senior State Department Officials
The attack continued. In fact, it had never stopped. The crew was fired upon during the entire ride running the gauntlet through the streets, from the Main Compound back to the CIA annex. They arrived back at about midnight.
Once at the annex, the annex has its own security a security force there. There are people at the annex. The guys in the car join the defense at the annex. They take up firing positions on the roof some of them do and other firing positions around the annex. The annex is, at this time, also taking fire and does take fire intermittently, on and off, for the next several hours. The fire consists of AK-47s but also RPGs, and its, at times, quite intense.
At that point they called again for military support and help. And a THIRD time were denied.
Tyrone Woods was on the roof manning a heavy machine gun while mortars were being fired on them.
They were taking fire, but there were no communication problems at the CIA annex. The ex-SEALs were in constant radio contact with their headquarters.
This CIA annex was a very high value target. It contained a LOT of cash for the Benghazi Gun Running, as well as weapons, and a case files containing the names of the folks who were assisting the US diplomatic mission in this regard.
The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than 4 hours.
Keep in mind, the Sigonella Naval Air base in Italy is only 480 miles away. Back up could have gotten over Benghazi in due time. A Spectre AC-130 gunship carrying commandos could have been there in less than two hours. Such a gunship with a Gatling gun in the side is unbelievably lethal. It's a tornado of steal blazing with devastating power and pinpoint accuracy.
Two Tier-One Special Operations groups were at Sigonella, including Delta Force, which happened to be training in Europe.
Delta Force's primary tasks are counter-terrorism, direct action, and national intervention operations, although it is an extremely versatile group capable of conducting many types of covert missions, including, but not limited to, hostage rescues and raids.No less than two drones were overhead during the attack and one of those drones was actually ordered in from Tripoli and sending back images in real time. At one point, one drone probably was replaced by the other, "maybe it ran out of fuel and the second one came in and took its place," speculates Clare Lopez.
This raging battle at the CIA annex was sent on video directly to the 'Situation Room' at the White House. There WAS real-time information, despite what Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said. We need to understand that thats WHAT THE MILITARY DOES, everywhere around the world, on land or on a ship. Wherever it may be, they practice over and over again, repeatedly, the rescue of civilians and the rescue of embassy personnel, in each area wherever it is that theyre posted. They have drills, they have plans, they have practice situations, and they have role players that play the part of the bad guys.
In addition to Delta Force in Sicily, there were also guys on ships right off the coast of Libya when it happened. There were loads of assets, and every one of them had practiced repeatedly a scenario just like Banghazi. Not Benghazi per say, but a rescue situation where an American mission is under attack.
We know that at 5 pm eastern time (about an hour and a half into the attack of the Main Compound), President Obama met with Vice President Biden and Secretary of Defense Panetta in the White House for over an hour. Obama watched in real time the attack from a drone-cam. Then, at some point later, President Obama went to bed. He had that fund raising trip in Las Vegas the next day. He slept, he got up the next day and he skips his National Security briefing. Yet again.
somewhere around 4 o'clock in the morning the annex takes mortar fire. It is precise and some of the mortar fire lands on the roof of the annex. It immediately killed two security personnel that are there, severely wounds one of the agents thats come from the compound.
Both SEALs died. And the terrorists got to keep all of the arms and cash of the CIA "annex."
Excellent, concise, and to the point summary of the Benghazi nightmare. This is what we know. It’s what we DON’T know YET that is going to burn this playhouse down.
The key question is :
WHO said “Stand Down “
and who directed them to order “Stand Down” .
A decision not to make a decision is still a decision .
The consulate was proctected by ONE(1) seal.. and the Annux was protected by ONE(1) seal.. They had thirty(30) or so staff at the consulate.. and whole entire city is protected by TWO(2) seals..
And they knew for several weeks ahead an attack was comming.. and even experienced a couple attacks before the final assault..
TWO(2) Seals... to protect the entire shebang.. with no overhead ordinance.. and little ordiance on the ground..
Who is the head guy running this dog and pony show.. Bagdad Bob?.. Barney the Dino?..
The kid that mows my lawn could do better than that...
Where are the people screaming from the house tops..
Where are the jokes?.. Where is the mocking outrage?..
This is not only criminal it is treasonous...
I can’t understand why any of those who were rescued by these brave men have not stepped forward and expressed OUTRAGE!. It sickens me. They owe it to those Seals.
I suspect the Obama administration knows who has these case files, they must be worth their weight in gold.
Uh. Where did you get your info? These guys were former SEALs, and there were other well trained men, possibly former SEALs as well. There were five Americans at the consulate when the attack started. There were around 24 people at the safe house. I would wager that they were all trained to wage war and to win. And then there were the guys sent from Tripoli to aid in the battle. Do you think they were missionaries or something? It is amazing that these people left with only four killed. I still want to know how many of the attackers were killed. I have seen varying numbers from 8 to 60. It is disgusting that two of these guys died because the person sipping tea in the situation room could not pull the trigger and order the necessary assistance. It is also disgusting that the ambassador and Sean Smith were left with three Americans to defend the US consulate in hostile territory. It’s unconscionable.
Will we ever know the rest of the story?
You got to remember something here, Irish. The people whose lives these SEALS saved KNOW that obama would have left them for dead. Just because they haven’t gone public doesn’t mean they are staying quiet. This thing is about to explode all over this regime with the force of a supernova and there isn’t a single doubt in my mind.
A general and an admiral have recently been canned over their speaking up about what happened.
It will take the steady drip of emails being released and lots of people talking about it, whether the Alphabet Media decides to chime in or not.
It is huge issue.
It is just a matter of time.
Obama can not escape this.
[ Where did you get your info? These guys were former SEALs, and there were other well trained men, possibly former SEALs as well. ]
Fox news and other places.. Once a seal always a seal.. kinda like being a marine.. Well trained men without ordinance do not do well against RPG’s.. and mortars..
The idiot running this operation is indeed an idiot..
He(she) should have recalled them all or beefed up the security..
An idiot was running this operation..
They must be graduating idiots at Annapolis(West Point).. now..
Maybe some Air Force General was busy choking the chicken.. or stuffing it..
Yeah ! I am sure they are uncomfortably sequestered somewhere until after novermber 7th , or fearfull of loss of their career.
After the election , their testimony is moot , except for Congressional hearings.
Regardless of the outcome of the election , those hearings can go on for some looooooong time.
Obfiscate with smoke and mirrors ..
Continue to deny responsibility ..
Until then next election ..
Leave it up to Boehner , after he sobers up and stops weeping ..
Finally , ..Judgement by the American people !
Agreed. But I would love to see the survivors who I’m positive are or were loyal Democrats, come out with outrage over being abandonded. Without that rescue they would all be raped and dead, man or women. Very telling of the enemy.
And very telling of the man who let it happen.
Well, they weren’t working for the US Navy. They were contractors reportedly working for the CIA which makes them some other acronym. And I have known some former Navy SEALs. They did not say “I am a Navy SEAL.” It helps to differentiate to the general public that these guys were not currently under the command of the US Navy. They were working for an agency that does not always send in the US military to pull its employees out of hot water. That is why they were highly paid. In this case, the mission was already blown and the media was going to be all over it. Military assistance was warranted. This is my opinion.
I agree with others; exceent summary of the Benghazi tradgedy.
Just one question: I used Google Earth to locate the US consulate and found it at the same spot that you’ve indicated (south-west perifey of Benghazi). However, when I tryt to locate the US consulate annex or CIA annex I get a pointer just north of the Algeria St, close to the harbour - about 4 km from the Conuslate. What did you use to pin-pont the location?
Thanks for the great article.
Hence, Panetta and the generals (or Obama) may have decided to take the safest course, callous and cowardly as it is. The most likely unfolding, if the Obama team gets pushed to the wall on this matter before Tuesday,is that Panetta will take the fall.
[ Well, they werent working for the US Navy. ]
WHo cares who they were working for.?...
They wouldn’t have been there is not needed for something..
Nobody would have been in that operation if not needed for something..
Their only mistake was working for idiots.. ALL OF THEM..
A mistake some security personel are considering as we speak, no doubt..
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