Skip to comments.Libya attack: Obama vows justice for killed US envoy
Posted on 09/12/2012 3:02:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
US President Barack Obama has vowed to bring to justice those who killed the US ambassador to Libya during protests against a film that mocks Islam.
But he told reporters that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi would not break the bonds between the US and the new Libyan government.
His election rival Mitt Romney criticised his handling of the crisis.
Ambassador J Christopher Stevens reportedly died of smoke inhalation after a crowd stormed the consulate.
Three other Americans were also killed and the consulate set ablaze, in what the White House described as a "complex" attack. Unconfirmed reports - including Arab officials - suggest the violence could have been planned in advance.
The assault on Tuesday night included the use of rocket-propelled grenades, reports say. Charred vehicles could be seen parked near the damaged buildings on Wednesday.
US officials confirmed that all remaining staff in Benghazi had been evacuated and the US diplomatic mission in Tripoli had been reduced to emergency staffing.
A US marine anti-terrorism team is being sent to Libya to bolster security after the attack, a US defence source told reporters in Washington.
Protesters against the film attacked the US embassy in Cairo on Tuesday night. 'Especially tragic'
Speaking in the Rose Garden at the White House, President Obama told reporters: "Make no mistake. Justice will be done."
He said he condemned "in the strongest possible terms the outrageous and shocking" attack.
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“Were they just escorting an American diplomatic visitor?”
Yes, they go where the ambassador goes. There may be some confusion here. Our Libyan embassy wasn’t attacked, it’s in Tripoli, the capitol of Libya. That’s where the ambassador is stationed.
This attack was in a consular office of which there are many in every country. They are lightly protected as they offer visas and trade assistance and are mainly staffed by locals.
Good thinking! There must be an aspirin factory somewhere in that neighborhood.
I wouldn't want to be a camel in Libya right now.