Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/8/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Testimonies are the first public account from a U.S. official about September 11, 2012 tragedy

U.S. diplomat Gregory Hicks says that while the U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya came under attack the night of Sept. 11, 2012, the deputy head of the embassy in Tripoli tried to get the Pentagon to scramble fighter jets over Benghazi. Hicks says that this may have averted a second attack on a nearby CIA complex. Hicks' testimony is the first public account from a U.S. official who was in Libya at the time of the attacks that killed four U.S. operatives.

U.S. diplomat Gregory Hicks is expected to speak at a hearing this week. The attack on the Benghazi compound resulted in the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other government employees.

U.S. diplomat Gregory Hicks is expected to speak at a hearing this week. The attack on the Benghazi compound resulted in the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other government employees.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/8/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Benghazi, Libya, attack, September 11, 2012, U.S. diplomat Gregory Hicks


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hours later, according to excerpts of the account by Hicks, officials in the Libyan capital sought permission to deploy four U.S. Special Operations troops to Benghazi aboard a Libyan military aircraft early the next morning - but the troops were told to stand down.

Defense Department officials maintain they had no units that could have responded in time to counter the attack in Benghazi. Republicans on Capitol Hill say that whether the Obama administration could have saved lives with a quicker response. Republicans say the hesitation to send the Special Operations troops may have, at the very least, deprived wounded Americans in Benghazi of first aid.

Hicks is expected to speak at a hearing this week. The attack on the Benghazi compound resulted in the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other government employees.

New details about the attack are certain to start new debate over whether the Obama administration has been forward in its accounting of the mishap that resulted in the first death of a U.S. ambassador in the line of duty in a generation.

The episode, if the current administration is found culpable, could dog any future political aspirations of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was secretary of state when the attacks happened.

The lieutenant colonel in Tripoli who commanded the Special Operations team told Hicks he was sorry that his men had been held back. "I've never been so embarrassed in my life that a State Department officer has bigger balls than someone in the military," the officer told Hicks, according to the diplomat's account. Hicks called that "a nice compliment."

The administration claims that the independent review of the Benghazi assault was exhaustive, and State Department officials have vowed to implement reforms to make U.S. missions abroad safer.

Many republican lawmakers have not been mollified. "The White House and the Pentagon have allowed us to believe that there were no military options on the table," Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said in a phone interview. "The model of the military is to leave no person behind, and it's stunning and unacceptable to think we had military willing and ready to go and the Pentagon told them to stand down. That's just not the American way."

Pentagon spokesman George Little said he would review the Hicks testimony. "We have repeatedly stated that while Department officials started taking action immediately after learning that an attack was underway at the American facility there, our forces were unable to reach it in time to intervene to stop the attacks," Little said in an email.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for September 2014
Mentally disabled:
That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
Service to the poor: That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.



Comments


More Africa

Gang rape of 16-year-old girl highlights Kenya's attitudes towards sex crimes Watch

Image of Hundreds of activists marched on Kenya's police headquarters in protest last year after officers held three suspects in the case but released them after making them cut the grass at a police compound.

By Katy Migiro, Thomson Reuters Foundation

The arrest of a second youth in a high-profile case in which a 16-year-old girl was gang raped and dumped in a pit latrine, breaking her spine, shows Kenya is starting to tackle its "epidemic" of sexual violence, campaigners said. (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - ... continue reading


Algerian government supports military intervention against Islamic State Watch

Image of The head of Algerian diplomacy, Ramtane Lamamra has ruled out any Algerian participation in the international coalition against the Islamic state.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The international military intervention against what is commonly known in the Arab world as DAESH or Islamic state had become "inevitable," according to Ramtane Lamamra, Algerian Foreign Minister. Lamamra had been on the sidelines of a meeting held this week in ... continue reading


Radical Islamic groups take refuge in the Sahel after bombings in Iraq, Syria Watch

Image of Western interests are the main target of the Islamic groups on operation in the Sahel and North Africa.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Radical Islamic groups linked to Islamic State have begun to mobile in the Sahel region of Algeria. This is happening concurrently with the U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The government of Algeria has since been placed on a high ... continue reading


Ebola is manufactured crisis, Liberian doctor says Watch

Image of Dr. Broderick is a former professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia's College of Agriculture and Forestry.  He is also a scientist, who has taught for many years at the Agricultural College of the University of Delaware.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With Ebola ravaging much of West Africa, there are now claims that the crisis is part of a more nefarious plot to test vaccines and drugs on stricken humans. Liberian physician Dr. Cyril E. Broderick, Sr. is making these claims - and presents disturbing facts ... continue reading


U.S. ready to expand sanctions against military, political figures in South Sudan crisis Watch

Image of At least 10,000 people have died and more than a million people have fled their homes in South Sudan since fierce fighting erupted last December in the capital of Juba.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Frustrated with the lack of progress in ceasing the ongoing hostilities in South Sudan, the United States now says it's ready to expand sanctions against political and military figures. Ambassador Donald Booth said recent measures, including sanctions last week ... continue reading


It's already too late for millions: Experimental drugs may be key to stopping Ebola outbreak Watch

Image of Aid workers in protective gear pick up the bodies of those killed by Ebola in Sierra Leone.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines might be available before the end of 2014, and could then be given to health workers and other high risk people. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - An ... continue reading


Fears, superstition, paranoia and slow international response is cause of widespread Ebola outbreak Watch

Image of Medics load an infected Ebola patient onto a plane for medical transport.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the current West African Ebola outbreak is the most challenging the world has seen in the last few decades. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "[You have] a very lethal disease, placed in a setting where the ... continue reading


Extensive search to neutralize terrorist groups in Algeria begins Watch

Image of A rally at the Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi Ouzou was held by citizens, students and activists of the MAK, or Movement for the Autonomy of Kabylia to honor Gourdel, the victim of the Islamic State-affiliated Djound al Khalifa.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Less than 36 hours after French tourist Hervé Gourdel was beheaded by the Islamist terrorist group Djound al Khalifa, the National People's Army of Algeria continues to rake the mountainous areas where the incident occurred. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


Two doctors for an entire county? A frightening look at Liberia's understaffed medical teams Watch

Image of A medical team take care of an Ebola infected boy in Liberia.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Liberia, one of the West African nations hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, has a major lack of medical personal. This number is so low, that for a county of 85,000 people, it has only two doctors. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In Bomi County, two doctors ... continue reading


Things to come: Beheading of French tourist foretells more violence from Djoun al Khalifa Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Shortly following the beheading of French mountaineer Hervé Gourdel by agents of the terrorist organization Djoun al Khalifa, the Islamic State has offered new threats against France, its citizens and its allies. The threats are in response to U.S.-led ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Exodus 23:20-23
20 'Look, I am sending an angel to precede you, to ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 91:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 10-11
1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 18:1-5, 10
1 At this time the disciples came to Jesus and said, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 2nd, 2014 Image

St. Leger
October 2: Leger was raised at the court of King Clotaire II and by his ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter