The Libyan Terrorist Attack on the American Consulate in September 2012 Analytical Essay by Carly Evans

Describes the September 2012 terrorist attack on the American consulate in Libya.
# 152335 | 1,329 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published by on Jan 29, 2013 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Middle Eastern Studies (General)

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This article considers the details of the Libyan terrorist attack on the American Consulate. It discusses the attack, the aftermath and the issues faced by the American Government. It also contemplates the larger safety issues faced abroad by ambassadors.

Table of Contents:
The Event
The Response
The Diplomatic Mission
The Fallout

From the Paper:

" The 11th of September, 2012 also marked the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the US which claimed the lives of thousands and shocked the western world to its proverbial core. The crumbling US Consulate building in Benghazi brought back painful memories; it was an attack that left four people dead including the US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.

"The Event
At 10.15pm, reports confirmed that the compound was broken into by the attackers and the building was on fire. After one hour, the area was cleared by both American and Libyan forces and the badly injured Ambassador was rushed to a nearby hospital where he eventually died.

"So, was the attack organized and planned for this particular time? Journalist Greg Miller stated:
``...Extremists in the region had cased out and hoped to target U.S. facilities in Benghazi for some time.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Duncan Gardham, Raf Sanchez, 27 January 2013, Daily Telegraph, Algeria BP attack terrorists 'also took part in Benghazi US consulate attack, HYPERLINK ""
  • Steven Lee Myers, 26 September 2012, the New York Times, Clinton Suggests Link to Qaeda Offshoot in Deadly Libya Attack
  • Greg Miller, September 27, 2012, Washington Post, Attack on U.S. Consulate in Libya determined to be terrorism tied to al-Qaeda,
  • Jill Dougherty, Mike Mount, January 24, 2013, CNN News, Pentagon releases official timeline of Benghazi attack, HYPERLINK ""

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