Breaking News Bar
posted: 10/8/2012 1:55 PM

U.S. embassy sought extension of security team

Success - Article sent! close
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- A State Department memo says the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya, requested that a "security support team" stay in the country for four months beyond the end of its scheduled deployment in August.

The memo is one of the documents a House committee is looking at, as it tries to determine why more security was not provided to the diplomatic facilities in Benghazi. U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in attacks on Sept. 11.

While the request specifically asked for the protection in Tripoli, much of the request also applied to conditions in Benghazi.

The memo says the team's 16 special operations members were needed as a security escort, protection of U.S. facilities, trainers for local forces and as a quick response force.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.