Parents of 2 Americans killed during 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, file lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, allege 'reckless handling' of classified information contributed to the deaths - Fox News, The Hill
Editor's note: The mother of a foreign service officer who died in the Benghazi attack spoke at the Republican National Convention and said Hillary Clinton "deserves to be in stripes" for her son Sean Smith's death. Earlier this month, the House Select Committee on Benghazi's report on the death of the four Americans killed did not find any new evidence of wrongdoing by Clinton, who was the secretary of state at the time of the attack. However, it did describe systemic failure at all levels of the national intelligence apparatus, The Washington Post reports. Tonight's RNC theme is national security and has also included speeches by a former Navy SEAL and two Benghazi survivors. - Stephanie
The 2012 Benghazi attack refers to a coordinated attack against two US government facilities in Benghazi, Libya by members of the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia in September 2012.
At 9:40 PM, September 11, 2012, members of Ansar al-Sharia attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi resulting in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith.
At around 4:00 AM on September 12, the group launched a mortar attack against a CIA annex approximately one mile away, killing CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty and wounding ten others.
At the behest of the CIA, top U.S. officials initially described the attacks as the results of a spontaneous protest triggered by recently released anti-Muslim video, Innocence of Muslims. Subsequent investigations showed that the attack was premeditated – although rioters and looters not acting with the group may have later joined in after the attacks begun. Captured suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala stated that the assault was indeed in retaliation for the video Innocence of Muslims.
Stevens was the first U.S. Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979.
The National Review later labeled the attack Battle of Benghazi, a name that has since been used to refer to the attacks by several media outlets.
There is no definitive evidence that al-Qaeda or any other international terrorist organization participated in the Benghazi attack.
The United States immediately increased security worldwide at diplomatic and military facilities and began investigating the Benghazi attack.
Many Libyans have condemned the attacks. They staged public demonstrations condemning Ansar Al-Sharia, which had been formed during the 2011 Libyan civil war for the purpose of opposing its long-time leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi).
State Department officials were later criticized for denying requests for additional security at the consulate prior to the attack. In her role as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton subsequently took responsibility for the security lapses.
On August 6, 2013, it was reported that the U.S. had filed criminal charges against several individuals allleged to have been involved in the attacks, including militia leader Ahmed Abu Khattala. Khattala has been described by Libyan and U.S. officials as the Benghazi leader of Ansar al-Sharia. The U.S. Department of State designated Ansar al-Sharia as a terrorist organization in January 2014.
Khattala was captured in Libya by U.S. Army Special Operations Forces, who were acting in coordination with the FBI, in June 2014.