American Ambassador who risked life to overthrow Khadafi killed by angry mob in Libya
First ambassador to be killed violently in line of duty since 1979
U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who previously risked his life to help Libyans overthrow Dictator Moammar Khadafi, was killed in Benghazi. As U.S. President Barack Obama, it was an especially tragic place for Stevens to die. Stevens was killed along with three other Americans when an angry mob stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who previously risked his life to help Libyans overthrow Dictator Moammar Khadafi, was killed in Benghazi. He was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed int he line of duty since 1979.
A London think tank proffered the idea that Stevens -the first U.S. diplomat to die violently in the line of fire since 1979, was actually the victim of a targeted al-Qaeda revenge attack.
The attack "came to avenge the death of Abu Yaya al-Libi, al Qaeda's second in command killed a few months ago," the Quilliam think tank said.
Described as "the work of roughly 20 militants, prepared for a military assault," the think tank noted that rocket-propelled grenade launchers do not normally appear at peaceful protests. There was also no other protests against the film elsewhere in Libya.
The attack on the consulate came in two waves, one which prompted U.S. officials to leave the consulate for a secure location. The second was directed at the place of retreat.
Obama strongly condemned the attack, which he called "outrageous . Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States," he said.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dispatched him to be the American link with the rebels in last year's rebellion.
"He arrived on a cargo ship in the port of Benghazi and began building our relationships with Libya's revolutionaries," she said. "He risked his life to stop a tyrant, and then gave his life trying to build a better Libya."
A second victim, identified as Sean Smith, was a Foreign Service information management officer who was a 10-year veteran of the State Department, a husband and a father of two.
The two other victims have not yet been named.
Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib apologized "to the American people and the government, and also to the rest of the world" for the "cowardly criminal act."
About 50 U.S. Marines from a rapid reaction force headed to Libya after the attack, U.S. officials said.
The U.S. mission is very badly damaged and was being looted, said a witness working at the mission, who asked not to be named for security reasons.
© 2012, Catholic Online. Distributed by NEWS CONSORTIUM.
- - -
Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Libya, al-Qaeda, Moammar Khadafi
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Africa News
- Somali refugees, uprooted by war at home, must now flee Syria
- Cholera in Niger, measles in C.A.R. threaten children
- Great strides are reported in eradicating AIDS/HIV in Africa
- Movement afoot to unseat President Morsi of Egypt
- U.S. diplomat says that Special Ops were Halted in Benghazi Attacks
- After the revolution - Starvation and regret become commonplace in Egypt
- U.N.: Somalia famine of 2010 - 2012 killed more than a quarter million people
- More than 60 people killed in unlicensed Darfur gold mine collapse
- The first 'techopolis' - Hope City - to be built in Africa sooner than you think
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?