U.S. officials believe Libya attack was planned: Report

Source: Yahoo news

The deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya may have been a planned operation and not a spontaneous protest that turned violent, U.S. officials told the New York Times and CNN on Wednesday. Initial reports suggested that protesters in Benghazi, Libya, were angry about an online video that mocked the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, and then attacked the consulate, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other foreign service workers. But now, according to the New York Times, officials suspect that “an organized group had either been waiting for an opportunity to exploit like the protests over the video or perhaps even generated the protests as a cover for their attack.” U.S. sources told CNN that they don’t think Stevens was a specific target of the attack.

U.S. officials also told the New York Times that they still believe the protest in Cairo, where rioters scaled the U.S. Embassy’s walls and destroyed the American flag, was an unorganized mob angry over the video.

Watch a video clip, President Obama condemning the attacks

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4 replies

  1. It is always regrettable and should be condemned strongly when an innocent life is lost or taken away by those who have no respect for human rights and have an agenda. The attack on the USA consulate in Benghazi in Libya should be seen in the light of the extremist forces, which were unleashed in Libya by the interference of West, primarily by NATO and USA.
    Did USA really believe that killing Gaddafi and toppling his 32 years regime would result in a peaceful transfer of power to the democracy loving common man? If so then Americans are very bad at reading the signals. Unfortunately, USA is in the habit of repeating its tragic mistakes over and over again and never learning from the negative results of its stupid policies all over the world. Iraqi model of interference was repeated in Libya and Libyan example is now being repeated in Syria.
    In old biblical terms, it is called; what you sow, so shall you reap. IN modern American lingo, it is explained as such: The chickens are coming home to roost.
    I just hope and pray that Obama would not start a war in Iran or Pakistan because that will unleash an unpleasant response, much worse than Libya. I am afraid that extremist forces would use the USA presence in the Middle East an excuse to start a campaign against local progress and democratic forces.

    • I am afraid that I think the USA (and other professionals) knew quite well that they will not foster any well-functioning democracy, whether in Iraq, Libya, Syria. What they want is chaos, because it is easier for the ‘divide and rule’ thing. Chaotic Arab states, fighting each other (or within each other) is better for Israel. As you can see with all the News busy watching the murders in all these countries the News guys have no time to follow Israeli occupied territories News. And the occupation, settlements, economic stranglehold of Palestine, continues nicely…

  2. The ambassador was lynch mobbed, and photos have been circulated proving it was the jihadist brigades the same ones the US had armed and also now support in Syria as part of the rebels. And still my fellow americans are willing to vote back in those same policymakers into leadership.

  3. But, dear Umair do not forget President Bush and Dick Cheney. They were no angels either. One, who may replace Obama is unlikely to be any better, as regards the foreign policy, judging from some of his recent comments.
    Republican party has been more Islamophobic than Democratic party in general.

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